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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 26, 2021

A photo of a reenactor at Jamestown, Virginia.
CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A reenactor at Jamestown, Virginia.

It was on this date in 1607 that a small band of English settlers landed in Virginia and would eventually go onto establish a colony at Jamestown. And it was on this date in 1835 that Frederic Chopin premiered his
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in Paris.