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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 23, 2021

An engraving by Maerten Droeshout of William Shakespeare.
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An engraving by Maerten Droeshout of William Shakespeare.

It was on this date in 1564 that William Shakespeare was born. And it was on this date in 1985 that Coca-Cola released its New Coke flavor, replacing the traditional Coca-Cola recipe. The public's reaction to the change was negative and Coca-Cola Classic would be reintroduced three months later.