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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 27, 2022

A photo of the Apollo 1 prime crew (from left to right) of Edward White II, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and Roger Chaffee.
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A photo of the Apollo 1 prime crew (from left to right) of Edward White II, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and Roger Chaffee.

It was on this date in 1967 that the Apollo 1 tragedy occurred. A fire engulfed the interior of the spacecraft during a test run, leading to the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White II, and Roger Chaffee. And it was on this date in 1976 that Laverne and Shirley debuted on television.