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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 March 1, 2021

A picture of a map of Ohio from Carey's American pocket atlas circa 1814.
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A map of Ohio from Carey's American pocket atlas circa 1814.

It was on this date in 1803 that Ohio became a state in the Union. And it was on this date in 1917, the public was shown a German cable trying to get Mexico to attack the United States from the South if the U.S. joined World War I on the side of the Allies.