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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 6, 2021

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WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter with Pope John Paul II at the White House on October 6, 1979.

It was on this date in 1979 that Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit the White House. And it was on this date in 1993 that Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA. Jordan would return to the Chicago Bulls 17 months later.