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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 19, 2021

A security camera overlooking an American flag.
FRANCESCO UNGARO
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It was on this date in 1929 that a shocking event in baseball occurred when the Yankees took on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York. Fans fled to the grandstand because of an incoming thunderstorm. Two fans were trampled to death and 62 others were injured in the panic. And it was on this date in 1964 that U.S. Diplomats discovered at least 40 secret microphones implanted at the American Embassy in Moscow.