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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 September 1, 2021

A photo of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
The Liberty Bell.

It was on this date in 1752 that the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia. It was originally known as the Statehouse Bell and was placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall). And it was on this date in 1858 that the first telegraph cable from the old world to the new world failed - merely three weeks after its installation.