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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 9, 2021

The title card of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
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The title card of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

It was on this date in 1861 that Congress created the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. This commission was a response to the Union's defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. And it was on this date in 1965 that A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on television.