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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 17, 2021

A pin from the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City.
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A pin from the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City.

It was on this date in 1904 that Madama Butterfly premiered at La Scala in Milan, Italy. And it was on this date in 1913 that the International Exposition of Modern Art in New York took place that featured works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Mary Cassatt for the first time.