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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 May 4, 2021

 A mugshot of Al Capone in Miami, Florida.
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A mugshot of Al Capone in Miami, Florida.

It was on this date in 1893 that the National Cordage Co. declared bankruptcy after trying to corner the hemp market. Their bankruptcy led to the Panic of 1893, the worst depression to hit the U.S. until 1929. And it was on this date in 1932 that Al Capone began his prison sentence for tax evasion.