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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for January 27, 2021

Pictured is the historic emblem for the National Geographic Society.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Historic emblem for the National Geographic Society.

It was on this date in 1888 that the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. And it was on this date in 1976 that Laverne and Shirley premiered on ABC television.