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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 4, 2021

A portrait of David Rice Atchison.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A half-length portrait of David Rice Atchison, Democratic Senator from Missouri (1843-1855) and unofficially a U.S. President for one day.

March 4th was the traditional inauguration day for U.S. Presidents in the first few generations of the republic. And so it was on this date in 1849 that David Rice Atchison unofficially served for one day as President of the United States.