Mark's Almanac

On this date in 1959 that one of the most famous musicians of all-time, 16-years-old at the time, was "fired". And in 1962, John Glenn made space history.

On this date in 1913, a prize inside a snack became all the rage. And in 1945, a battle in World War II ended up with a lasting image that captured the Pulitzer Prize.

On this date in 1930 a cow -- yes, a cow -- made history in the air. And in 1986, the first-ever non-smoking ad aired.

On this date in 1913 the state of Oregon passed a landmark law. And in 1968, a new sports Hall of Fame welcomed the public for the first time.

On this date sometime around 270 AD, the origin of Valentine's Day was born. And in 1899, the first trainload of fruit was transported across the country.

On this date in 1837 a riot of epic proportions took place in New York City -- over flour! And in 1971, Vice President Spiro Agnew would have been better off staying off the golf course.

On this date in 1964 the Beatles made their New York City debut. And in 1999, after a five week trial, the Senate acquitted this U.S. President.

On this date in 1963, America was introduced to a women who later became a national icon in the cooking industry.

On this date in 1933 the first singing telegram debuted. And in 1940, a very popular cartoon made its first appearance.

On this date in 1894 a simple design that's still used today received a patent. And in 1968, one round of golf turned into something extraordinary for Dwight Eisenhower.

On this date in 1869 in Australia, two men stumbled on quite a find. And in 1918, a U.S. pilot made history.

On this date in 1941, the United Service Organzation was founded, and with it, a legendary comic was born.

On this date in 1815 the world's first commercial cheese factory opened. And in 1953, an unusual co-host boosted the ratings and saved NBC's "Today" show from failing.

On this date in 1930 a new office product was created that really stuck. And in 1950, United States President Harry S. Truman made a huge announcement.

On this date in 1835, Andrew Jackson encountered some danger. And in 1955, Elvis Presley was at it again with another hit.

On this date in 1845 one of the most well-known poems in history was first published. And in 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its first class.

On this date in 1986, a major tragedy occurred in the space program.

On this date in 1888 a new society was founded that later produced a magazine that is still in circulation. And in 1976, a spin-off from the popular television sitcom Happy Days debuted.

On this date in 1925 a major eclipse captivated the country. And in 1935, the first canned beer made its debut to the world.

On this date in 1909 the first rescue at sea occurred. And in 1941, a major groundbreaking took place in Cleveland.

On this date in 1998, Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty to all charges in connection with a series of package bombs attributed to the "unibomber". And in 2002, a major staple in retail filed for bankruptcy.

On this date in 1968 a scary incident involving nuclear bombs occurred in Greenland. And in 1977, Jimmy Carter made a major announcement.

On this date in 1949, Harry Truman was sworn in for a second term, making history in the process. And in 2009, Barack Obama made history of his own.

On this date in 1943, the United States held a tin can drive for the war efforts. And in 1950, "The Great Brinks Robbery" took place.

On this date in 1939, a man faster than a speeding bullet first appeared in a newspaper. And in 1963, the Rock 'n' Roll genre received a major shot in the arm.