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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 28, 2021

 A photo of Billy the Kid taken around 1880.
BEN WITTICK
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A photo of Billy the Kid taken around 1880.

It was on this date in 1881 that Billy the Kid escaped from a prison in Lincoln, New Mexico. And it was on this date in 1942 that nightly blackouts started taking place on the east coast of the U.S. The U.S. had entered World War II four months earlier.