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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 1875 that George Green patented the first electric dental drill. And it was on this date in 1924 that the first gold medal of the Winter Olympics was awarded.
  • It was on this date in 1858 that Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was first played at the royal marriage of Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, the daughter of Queen Victoria. This wedding started the practice of a full choral procession from the church entrance. And it was on this date in 1949 that the first Emmy Awards were held at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
  • It was on this date in 1848 when James W. Marshall discovered gold on the property of James A. Sutter while building a sawmill near present-day Paloma, CA. This discovery kicked off the California Gold Rush. And it was on this date in 1935 that The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered the first cans of beer to drinkers in Richmond, VA.
  • It was on this day in 1789 that William Hill Brown published The Power of Sympathy, the first American novel. And it was on this date in 1789 that King Louis XVI of France assembled the Estates-General for the first time since 1614. It represented the three "estates" of the French people - the nobles, the clergy, and the commons. The commons would later declare itself the National Assembly thus leading to the French Revolution.
  • 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.
  • It was on this date in 1961 that filming began on the Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • It was on this date in 1943 when Soviet forces pushed the Nazis back, thus ending the siege of Leningrad. And it was on this date in 1980 that Pink Floyd's rock opera album, The Wall, hit number one on the Billboard charts.
  • It was on this date in 1920 that Prohibition began due to the passing of the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution the year before.
  • It was on this date in 1954 that the Hudson Motor Car Company and the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation formed the American Motors Corporation (AMC). And it was on this date in 1964 that Jacqueline Kennedy made her first public appearance since the death of President Kennedy.
  • It was on this date in 1920 that The New York Times published on the editorial page that Robert H. Goddard had The Smithsonian Institution hoodwinked in thinking that rockets could fly. Goddard would later successfully prove his design correct with a successful launch in 1926. And it was on this date in 1928 that RCA and GE installed the first TVs in three Schenectady, NY homes.