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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 1921, the first ever NFL game was played between the Green Bay Packers and Minneapolis Marines. And it was on this date in 1964 that Time magazine coined the phrase "Op-art."
  • It was on this date in 1934, Charlie Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was gunned down in East Liverpool, Ohio. And it was on this date 1938, Chester Carlson invented the Xerographic process.
  • It was on this date in 1917, Americans were involved in their first World War I battle. And on this date in 1944 , U.S. troops captured the first city inside Germany of World War II, Aachen.
  • It was on this date in 1917, police arrested suffragette Alice Paul for obstructing traffic outside of the White House. And it was on this date in 1920 that a natural gas explosion leveled one-square-mile of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • It was on this date in 1781, the Battle of Yorktown ended with the Americans coming out victorious. And on this date in 1982, John Z. DeLorean was arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55-pounds of cocaine.
  • It was on this date in 1829, the luxurious Tremont House hotel opened in downtown Boston. And on this date in 1859, abolitionist John Brown lead a raid on a federal armory in Harpers Ferry.
  • It was on this date in 1520, King Henry VIII of England ordered that bowling lanes be installed at Whitehall. And it was on this date in 1951, I Love Lucy began on CBS television.
  • It was on this date in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot by an assassin in Milwaukee. And it was on this date in 1968, the White album was finally finished by The Beatles.
  • It was on this date in 54 that Roman Emperor Claudius died from poisoning. And it was on this date in 1943, the new leader of Italy, General Pietro Badoglio gave full cooperation of Italian troops to the Allies in capturing Rome from the Germans.
  • On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus finished his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, landing on San Salvador. And it was on this date in 1979, Earvin "Magic" Johnson made his debut as an NBA player.