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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 21, 2021

A man holding a basketball in one hand.

It was on this date in 1891 that eighteen kids played the very first game of basketball. And it was on this date in 1913 that the very first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World newspaper.