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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 15, 2021

Lothar Spurzem
The VW Beetle was formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country's new road network, the Autobahn.

It was on this date in 1867 that Johann Strauss II premiered "The Blue Danube Waltz." And it was on this date in 1936, Adolf Hitler announced the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle car.