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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 5, 2022

A historical marker related to the 1874-5 Vicksburg Riots.
A historical marker related to the 1874-1875 Vicksburg Riots.

It was on this date in 1804 that the Ohio legislature became the first state to pass laws restricting free Blacks' movement. They were called Black Laws. And it was on this date in 1975 that President Grant sent troops to quell the violence related to the Vicksburg Riots.