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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 31, 2021

 A plaque commemorating the incident.
A plaque commemorating the incident.

It was on this date in 1939 that a small group of German soldiers took over a German radio station on the Polish border and broadcast a short anti-fascist broadcast. This was known as the Gleiwitz incident. Germany used this covert action as a context to invade Poland the next day.