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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 9, 2021

 A picture of the rough Cullinan diamond.
JOSEPH ASSCHER
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A picture of the rough Cullinan diamond.

It was on this date in 1907 that the largest diamond ever unearthed was given to King Edward VII. Parts of the diamond ended up on the crown jewels. And it was on this date in 1918 that Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicated his throne.