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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 3, 2021

A picture showing Decatur's fleet off of the Algiers coast.
GARDNER WELD ALLEN
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WIKIPEDIA
Our Navy and the Barbary Corsairs by Gardner Weld Allen circa 1905.

It was on this date in 1815 that the U.S. declared war on Algiers to stop them from holding American sailors as hostages for money. And it was on this date in 1855 that funds were approved by Congress to see if camels could be used for military purposes by the United States.