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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 12, 2021

 A photo featuring the western part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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A photo featuring the western part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

It was on this date in 1936 that the San Fransisco-Oakland Bay bridge opened. It technically is a series of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay, linking San Francisco and Oakland, California. And it was on this date in 1954 that Ellis Island shut its doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants to The United States.