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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 18, 2021

A scene depicting the Battle of Liegnitz (1760) in what is now Poland during the Seven Years War.
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A scene depicting the Battle of Liegnitz (1760) in what is now Poland during the Seven Years War.

It was on this date in 1756 that France declared war on Great Britain. Thus started the Seven Years War. And on this date in 1803, Britain declared war on France after Napoleon wouldn't stop interfering in Italy and Switzerland.