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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 15, 2021

A picture of the John Bull steam locomotive.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The John Bull.

It was on this date in 1831 that the first successful steam railroad locomotive in America started service - it was the John Bull. And it was on this date in 1965 that the television show Lost in Space premiered on CBS.