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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 24, 2020

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LOS ANGELES TIMES
Page B of the February 26, 1942, Los Angeles Times showing the coverage of the so-called Battle of Los Angeles and its aftermath.

It was on this date in 1942 that the Battle of Los Angeles took place in California. Air raid sirens and a blackout was ordered after blinking lights and flares were seen in the sky, thought to be a Japanese attack on the city. It turned out to be a false alarm.