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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 April 8, 2021

A photo of a WPA mural in the Cohen Building in Washington, D.C.
CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A WPA mural in the Cohen Building in Washington, D.C.

It was on this date in 1879 that milk was sold in glass bottles for the first time. And it was on this date in 1935 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized close to $5 Million for public works projects.