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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 1961 that the Dick Van Dyke show started filming for CBS television. The show, which became a huge hit, was the last series to be filmed in black and white.
  • It was on this date in 1943 that the Soviet's finally broke the siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany. And it was on this date in 1980 that Pink Floyd's album, the Wall reached number one.
  • It was on this date in 1943 that the world's largest office building, the Pentagon was completed. And it was on this date in 1953 that a Pennsylvania Railroad train slammed into Washington's Union Station. Luckily, there were no fatalities.
  • It was on this date in 1943 that Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to travel on official business via airplane. He headed to Casablanca, Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill. And it was on this date in 1952 that the Today Show first aired on NBC from New York City.
  • It was on this date in 1962 that Chubby Checker's song "The Twist" rose to the number one slot and started a dance craze of the same name. And it was on this date in 1992 that Cleveland began excavation on Jacob's Field, today known as Progressive Field.
  • It was on this date in 1939 that Martin Goodman founded Timely Comics, with publishing comic books as its primary purpose. The company would eventually become Marvel comics. And on this date in 1966, the Batman TV series premiered on ABC.
  • It was on this date in 1935 that Emelia Earhart made history by flying solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to mainland North America, landing in Oakland, California. And it was on this date in 1949 that the first ever recorded snowfall fell in Los Angeles, California.
  • It was on this date in 1956 that Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" went to number one on the music charts. The record stayed at number one for 11 weeks. And it was on this date in 1966 that The Beatles album, Rubber Soul rocketed to number one and stayed there for 6 weeks.
  • It was on this date in 1608 that the Jamestown settlement in Virginia was almost entirely destroyed due to fire. And it was on this date in 1963 that owner Art Modell fired the namesake coach of the Cleveland Browns, Paul Brown.
  • It was on this date in 1853 that President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family were involved in a train wreck. And it was on this date in 1931 that Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application. His final patent was for a component of an electroplating process.