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Mark's Almanac is a 90-second trip back in time that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

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  • It was on this date in 197 that the very first car dealership opened in London. And it was on this date in 1906 that Henry Ford became the President of the Ford Motor Company.
  • It was on this date in 1960 that John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon sparred one last time in their presidential debates. And it was on this date in 1964 that the film version of the musical, My Fair Lady, premiered in New York.
  • It was on this date in 1877 that Franz Schubert's Second Symphony in B, 28 years after the composer's death. And it was on this date in 1965 that The Beatles received a gold record for their song "Yesterday."
  • It was on this date in 1864 that Confederate officer Bennett H. Young led a raid on St. Albans, Vermont during the U.S. Civil War. Young wanted to conduct raids on the Union from the Canada–US border to build the Confederate treasury by robbing banks and also forcing the Union Army to divert troops from the South.
  • It was on this date in 1920 that Charles Perkins Strite received his patent for the world's first pop-up toaster. And it was on this date in 1954 that the first transistor radio was produced.
  • It was on this date in 1520 that King Henry VIII of England ordered bowling lanes to be added to his palace at Whitehall. And it was on this date in 1860 that an 11-year-old girl wrote U.S. presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, encouraging him to grow a beard.
  • It was on this date in 1947 that U.S. Airforce Captain Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. And it was on this date in 1964 that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with non-violent resistance against racial prejudice.
  • It was on this date in 54 that Tiberius Caesar Augustus died from being poisoned. And it was on this date in 1943 that General Pietro Badoglio gave full cooperation of Italian troops to Allied forces in recapturing Rome.
  • It was on this date in 1492 that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And it was on this date in 1972 that Magic Johnson made his debut in the NBA.
  • It was on this date in 1945 that the Chinese Civil War started between communist and national fractions in the country. And it was on this date in 1975 that Saturday Night Live premiered.