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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 January 4, 2022

A photograph of Johannes Brahms from 1889.
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A photograph of Johannes Brahms from 1889.

It was on this date in 1881 that Johannes Brahms premiered his Academic Festival Overture and Tragic Overture at the University of Breslau in modern-day Wrocław, Poland. And it was on this date in 1961 that the Danish Barbers Assistants settled their strike that started 33 years earlier.