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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 23, 2021

A painting of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
WILLIAM ORPEN
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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON
German delegate Johannes Bell signing the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors, with various Allied delegations sitting and standing in front of him.

It was on this date in 1839 that the word "O-kay" was coined in the Boston Morning Post. And it was on this date in 1921, Germany announced it couldn't pay the reparations required by the Treaty of Versailles. The German economy collapsed shortly after.