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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 27, 2021

A historical marker in Accomac, Virginia.
A historical marker in Accomac, Virginia highlighting the possible location of the first recorded play in America.

It was on this date in 1665 that the play Ye Bear and Ye Cub was first performed in Virginia. It was the first play ever produced in Colonial America. And it was on this date in 1859 that the first-ever commercial oil drill in the country began operation.