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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 July 21, 2021

 A lithograph depicting the First Battle of Bull Run.
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A lithograph depicting the First Battle of Bull Run.

It was on this date in 1861 that the First Battle of Bull Run started and ended in a Union defeat. And it was on this date in 1904 that the Trans–Siberian Railway was completed in Russia.