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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 31, 2022

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It was on this date in 1949 that the first American television soap opera aired on NBC. It was called These Are My Children and centered on an Irish widow and her struggles to run a boarding house as well as help her three children and new daughter-in-law. And it was on this date in 1950 that President Harry S. Truman announced to the world that America would develop the hydrogen bomb.