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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 11, 2021

A poster promoting A Hard Day's Night film.
A poster for the film, A Hard Day's Night.

It was on this date in 1896 that Harvey Hubbel patented a pull string to turn a light on and off. And it was on this date in 1964 that the Beatles premiered their movie, A Hard Days Night. It garnered two Academy Award nominations.