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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 21, 2021

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THEODOR HORYDCAK
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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Many bicycles in a line near a tree circa 1920.

It was on this date in 1819 that New York City became the first American city in which someone used a bicycle to get around. And it was on this date in 1901 that Connecticut became the first state to pass a law to regulate the speed of motor vehicles.