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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 13, 2021

 A map that shows Francis Drake's route around the globe between 1577 and 1580.
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A map that shows Francis Drake's route around the globe between 1577 and 1580.

It was on this date in 1577 that Sir Francis Drake set out from Plymouth, England to explore the Pacific Ocean and ransack Spanish ports in the new world. He became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. And it was on this date in 1928 that the clip-on neck tie was created.