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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 December 2, 2021

A photograph of abolitionist John Brown.
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A photograph of abolitionist John Brown.

It was on this date in 1859 that abolitionist John Brown was hanged for the failed incitement of a slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry. And it was on this date in 1933 that The Dancing Lady premiered. The film was the first movie to introduce Fred Astaire on the big screen.