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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 23, 2021

The Wright Flyer taking off in Kittyhawk, NC.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

It was on this date in 1904 that the third Olympic games came to a close in St. Louis. And it was on this date in 1909 that the Wright Brothers formed an aviation company and were awarded the nation's first contract to produce airplanes for the military.