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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 27, 2021

 A  statue of Johannes Kepler in gardens at the Linzer Schloss, Austria.
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Statue of Johannes Kepler in gardens at the Linzer Schloss, Austria.

It was on this date in 4977 BC that 16th-century astronomer, Johannes Kepler said that the universe was created. And it was on this date in 1908 that the fourth of the modern Olympic games took place in London. They were the longest games at 187 days.