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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 21, 2021

A picture of Vancouver firemen using firepoles to leave their dormitory circa 1910.
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Vancouver firemen using firepoles to leave their dormitory circa 1910.

It was on this date in 1878 that the origin of a fireman sliding down a pole began in Chicago. And it was on this date in 1986 that Geraldo Rivera hosted a 2-hour TV special titled The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults in which Rivera opens an unopened vault in Chicago. All he found was a few empty whiskey bottles.