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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 16, 2021

A photo of a brick mural celebrating the career of Cleveland Indians' Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Bob Feller.
CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
An elaborate brick mural celebrating the career of Cleveland Indians' Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Bob Feller. It is at the former Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa.

It was on this date in 1940 that Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. It was the first and only instance of a team pitching a no-hitter on opening day. And it was on this date in 1962 that Walter Cronkite began his run as anchor of the CBS Evening News.