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Mark's Almanac

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Mark's Almanac

Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime. Listen during Morning Edition and 1A.


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  • It was on this date in 1914 that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation to celebrate America's mothers. And it was on this date in 1941 that Glenn Miller recorded one of the biggest swing songs of the era, "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
  • It was on this date in 1837 that John Deere revolutionalized the plow. And it was on this date in 1994 that Britain and Europe were linked by a tunnel under the English Channel.
  • It was on this date in 1865 that the first-ever train robbery in the United States took place. The robbers held up 100 passengers on a train 18 miles west of Cincinnati. And it was on this date in 1986 that it was announced that Cleveland would be the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • It was on this date in 1893 that the National Cordage Co. declared bankruptcy after trying to corner the hemp market. Their bankruptcy led to the Panic of 1893, the worst depression to hit the U.S. until 1929. And it was on this date in 1932 that Al Capone began his prison sentence for tax evasion.
  • It was on this date in 1952 that USAF Col. Joseph Fletcher became the first man to unofficially visit the North Pole. And it was on this date in 1973 that a topping-out ceremony took place on the Sears Tower in Chicago to mark the building's completion.
  • It was on this date in 1967 that Aretha Franklin released her most famous song, Respect. On June 3rd, it reached the top spot on the Billboard Top 100. And it was on this date in 1992 that arsons and riots began in Los Angeles. They were in response to the acquittal of police officers in relation to the Rodney King beatings.
  • It was on this date in 1881 that Billy the Kid escaped from a prison in Lincoln, New Mexico. And it was on this date in 1942 that nightly blackouts started taking place on the east coast of the U.S. The U.S. had entered World War II four months earlier.
  • It was on this date in 4977 BC that 16th-century astronomer, Johannes Kepler said that the universe was created. And it was on this date in 1908 that the fourth of the modern Olympic games took place in London. They were the longest games at 187 days.
  • It was on this date in 1607 that a small band of English settlers landed in Virginia and would eventually go onto establish a colony at Jamestown. And it was on this date in 1835 that Frederic Chopin premiered his Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in Paris.
  • It was on this date in 1564 that William Shakespeare was born. And it was on this date in 1985 that Coca-Cola released its New Coke flavor, replacing the traditional Coca-Cola recipe. The public's reaction to the change was negative and Coca-Cola Classic would be reintroduced three months later.