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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 1928 that Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger. And it was on this date in 1983 that Sally Ride became the first female American astronaut.
  • It was on this date in 1885 that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from France. And it was on this date in 1972 that five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate Hotel complex. They would later be associated with President Nixon.
  • It was on this date in 1858 that Abraham Lincoln accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senate and gave his "house divided" speech. He would lose to Democrat Stephen A. Douglas in the election. And it was on this date in 1967 that the Monterey Pop Festival opened. featuring acts such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who and Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.
  • It was on this date in 1215 that the Magna Carta was agreed to by King John of England which established the principle that everyone is subject to the law and guaranteed rights to individuals. And it was on this date in 1864 that Arlington became a national cemetery.
  • It was on this date in 1777 that the Continental Congress approved the design of the national flag. Today, the date is known as Flag Day. And it was on this date in 1967 that the film To Sir, With Love was released.
  • It was on this date in 1944 that some 300,000 Allied troops finally stood together as one in Western Europe during World War II. This occurring after the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6th. And it was on this date in 1964 that the Rolling Stones almost got arrested in Chicago.
  • It was on this date in 1752 that Benjamin Franklin went kite-flying in a thunderstorm. Attached to the kite was a key that was struck by lightning. This lead to his invention of the lightning rod. And it was on this date in 1924 in Cleveland where the first radio broadcast from a presidential convention took place.
  • It was on this date in 1869 that Charles Hires sold the first Hires Root Beer was sold in his drugstore. And it was on this date in 1984 that Disneyland celebrated Donald Duck's 50th birthday.
  • It was on this date in 1789, James Madison introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the U.S. House of Representatives. The topic had been hotly debated. It took until September of 1791 for the amendments to be adopted. And it was on this date in 1989 that Pittsburgh Pirate broadcaster, Jim Rooker feeling overconfident that the Pirates would win with a 10-run lead over the Phillies in Philadelphia, declared "If we lose this game, I'll walk back to Pittsburgh." The Phillies won the game 15-11. At the end of the season, Rooker and other Pirate officials walked back to Pittsburgh for charity.
  • It was on this date in 1938 that test pilot Eddie Allen flew one of the largest aircraft of the time. It was the Boeing 314 Clipper, a long-range flying boat intended to fly across the Atlantic. And it was on this date in 1993 when the first shovel hitting the dirt to build Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.