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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 9, 2021

A Smokey the Bear fire hazard sign along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
CAROL M. HIGHSMITH
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A Smokey the Bear fire hazard sign along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

It was on this date in 1944 that Smokey the Bear made his debut in preventing forest fires. And it was on this date in 1974 that President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign from office.