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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 17, 2021

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A depiction of a scene from Pietro Mascagni's opera Cavalleria rusticana at the opera's world premiere in Rome.

It was on this date in 1890 that Italian composer Pietro Mascagni premiered his Cavalleria rusticana opera. And it was on this date in 1975 that Rolling Stone frontman, Mic Jagger, lost his balance at a restaurant causing his right hand to go through a glass window. He suffered severe cuts and required 20 stitches to his hand.