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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 14, 2021

The Time Out album cover.
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It was on this date in 1959 when Dave Brubeck's Time Out became the first jazz album to sell one million copies. And it was on this date in 1961 that Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" became the first country single to sell a million copies.