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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 October 1, 2021

The January 1915 cover of The National Geographic Magazine.
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The January 1915 cover of The National Geographic Magazine.

It was on this date in 1864 when John Summerfield Staples was approached by a representative of President Abraham Lincoln. He was given $500 to fight in the US Civil War as a substitute for the President. And it was on this date in 1888 that The National Geographic was first published.