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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 24, 2021

A photograph of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

It was on this date in 1814 that The Treaty of Ghent was signed thus that ending the War of 1812 between the U.S. and the U.K. And it was on this date in 1895 that The Biltmore Estate opened in Asheville, NC. It is still the largest home in the nation.