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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 November 8, 2021

Beam Rack House with barrels.
One of the 27 rack houses for maturing Jim Beam bourbon whiskey in Clermont, Kentucky.

It was on this date in 1789 that Elijah Craig first distilled bourbon whiskey from corn in Bourbon, Kentucky. And it was on this date in 1917 that a telephone company decided to place an advertisement seeking a small army of female switchboard operators.