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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 12, 2021

  A billboard in Times Square for the musical Oh! Calcutta!
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A billboard in Times Square for the musical Oh! Calcutta!

It was on this date in 1930 that Clarence Birdseye introduced us to a new way to eat. He figured out how to freeze meat and produce quickly to stop the products from getting mushy. And it was on this date in 1972 that the Broadway hit, Oh! Calcutta! ended its run after 1,316 performances. The play consisted of sketches consisting of sex-related topics and featured total nudity by the actors.