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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 18, 2021

A picture of Manasseh Cutler Hall at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
OHIO UNIVERSITY
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Manasseh Cutler Hall, completed in 1819, was the first academic building in the Northwest Territory.

It was on this date in 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act to establish Ohio University. And it was on this date in 1856 that the Know Nothing party met in Philadelphia to nominate former President Millard Fillmore as their candidate for president.