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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 25, 2021

A picture of a gas station in Portland, Oregon circa 1976.
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A gas station in Portland, Oregon circa 1976.

It was on this date in 1751 that the first performing monkey was exhibited in the U.S. And it was on this date in 1919 that the state of Oregon began collecting a tax on gasoline.