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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 13, 2021

A picture of The Richard Wagner Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany.
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The Richard Wagner Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany.

It was on this date in 1876 that the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in Germany opened. It premiered Richard Wagner's piece, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The performance lasted four days. And it was on this date in 2008 that swimmer Micheal Phelps won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.