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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 11, 2021

A picture of a street scene in New York City during the Blizzard of 1888.
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A street scene in New York City during the Blizzard of 1888.

It was on this date in 1888 that one of the worst blizzards took place in the U.S. It was the Great Blizzard of 1888. Hurricane-strength winds were clocked in New York City. And it was on this date in 1957 that Charles Van Doren finally lost on the TV game show Twenty-One. The show had been rigged by the producers and he was in on it.