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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 30, 2021

 A piece of the Sylacauga meteorite at the Smithsonian in Washington.
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A piece of the Sylacauga meteorite at the Smithsonian in Washington.

It was on this date in 1638 that the 16,000th person died from the plague in the small Italian city of Mantua. And it was on this date in 1954 when a meteorite crashed through the roof of Ann Hodges' Sylacauga, Alabama home.