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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 15, 2021

A bowling lane with a rolling bowling ball and pins.
RUDY AND PETER SKITTERIANS
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It was on this date in 1520 that King Henry VIII of England ordered bowling lanes to be added to his palace at Whitehall. And it was on this date in 1860 that an 11-year-old girl wrote U.S. presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, encouraging him to grow a beard.