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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 5, 2021

A picture of workers cultivating the tobacco plants on a field near Lexington, KY circa 1904.
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Workers cultivating the tobacco plants on a field near Lexington, KY circa 1904.

It was on this day in 1558 that the Spanish physician, Francisco Fernandez, brought tobacco to Spain for the first time. And it was on this date in 1933 that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt suspended all banking transactions for ten days.