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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 3, 2021

A picture of William Howard Taft.
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Chief Justice William Howard Taft at the cornerstone laying of the Washington Memorial in 1923.

It was on this date in 1876 that Albert Spaulding invested $800 to start a sporting goods company that would go on to manufacture the first official baseball. And it was on this date in 1930, William Howard Taft resigned his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court due to health reasons.