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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 16, 2021

The statue of 'David' by Michelangelo
Jörg Bittner Unna

It was on this date in 1501 that Michelangelo was awarded the contract to carve the statue of David in the Florence cathedral. And it was on this date in 1896 that gold was discovered in the Klondike region of Yukon, Canada.