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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 August 4, 2021

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A mural that depicts George Washington laying the cornerstone of the US Capitol. The mural was painted by Allyn Cox in the 1950s.

It was on this date in 1753 that George Washington became a Master Mason in the Freemasons. And it was on this date in 1909 that a Major League Baseball umpire instigated a riot when he spit into the face of a Philadelphia Athletics player.