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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 10, 2021

A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837.
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A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837.

It was on this date in 1837 began the Panic of 1837. It was a financial crisis in the United States that touched off a major depression, which lasted until the mid-1840s. And it was on this date in 1872 that the Equal Rights Party nominated the first woman for president.