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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 4, 2021

A page from the Book of Esther in the Codex Sinaiticus.
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A page from the Book of Esther in the Codex Sinaiticus. The text is written in Greek.

It was on this date in 1854 that the Republican party was founded. And it was on this date in 1859 that one of the oldest bibles in the world was discovered. The Codex Sinaiticus dates back to around 331 A.D.