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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 19, 2021

A photo of reenactors dressing as colonists or British troops on the green in Lexington, Massachusetts.
CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Reenactors dressing as colonists or British troops on the green in Lexington, Massachusetts.

It was on this date in 1775 that the American Revolution began. Just after dawn in Lexington, Massachusetts, colonist militia fired on British troops that were on their way to seize weapons from the colonists. Eight colonists and one British soldier died.