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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 February 1, 2021

An illustration of the original release of "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen on the Jerden label.
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An illustration of the original release of "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen on the Jerden label.

It was on this date in 1862 that Ralph Waldo Emerson met Abraham Lincoln at the White House. And it was on this date in 1964 that the song "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen was banned in the state of Indiana.