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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 20, 2022

A picture of U.S. President Harry S. Truman at his inauguration in 1949.
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U.S. President Harry S. Truman at his inauguration in 1949.

It was on this date in 1949 that Harry S. Truman became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on television. And it was on this date in 2009 that the first African-American was sworn in as U.S. President. He was Barack Obama.