Mark's Almanac

Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.

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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On this date in 1981 President Ronald Reagan escaped an assassination attempt. And in 2002, Queen Elizabeth's mother passed away at 101.

On this date in 1912 the first cherry trees were planted in the Nation's Capital. And in 1964, the largest earthquake in United States history occurred.

On this date in 1913 the city of Dayton experienced severe flooding. And in 1953, an announcement was made during a national radio show that a vaccine had been discovered for polio.

On this date in 1911 arguably one of the worst days in industrial U.S. history occurred in Manhattan. 

On this date in 1892 the first long distance phone call took place between two Mayors in New York and Chicago. And in 1932, the first radio broadcast from something moving occurred.

On this date in 1857 Elijah Otis debuted a technological advancement that has helped in a major way to this day. 

On this date in 1760 a major inferno swept across Boston. And in 1973, arguably the greatest right fielder in baseball history was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame under special circumstances.

On this date in 2003 President George W. Bush went before the nation with quite an announcement.

On this date in 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill to welcome Hawaii as the 50th state. And in 1965, Rolling Stones members were caught in an interesting situation.

On this date in 1762 the first-ever Saint Patrick's Day Parade was celebrated. And in 1968, the Bee Gees made their debut in America.

On this date in 1802 the United States Military Academy was officially established. And in 1994, Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding was up to no good.

On this date in 1868 the United States began their first-ever impeachment trial against a United States President. And in 1942, the division of the United States Army began training a new set of individuals -- dogs!

On this date in 1912 the Girl Scouts were founded. And in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his popular "fireside chats". 

On this date in 1888 one of the worst blizzards in the history of the United States took place. And in 1957, a game show controversy took center stage.

On this date in 1849 future president Abraham Lincoln became the first --and still only-- president to be awarded a patent.

On this date in 1945 the United States took a new approach when it came to World War II. And in 1965, a major march during the civil rights movement came to a close.

On this date in 1940 the first telecast from a helicopter took place. And in 1950, a ball of goo created by accident during World War II first went on sale to the public.

On this date in 1853 a new piano company would soon become the cream of the crop. And in 1963, a new toy made its debut and fast became the biggest fad to sweep America.

On this date in 1829 during President Andrew Jackson's inaugural ball, all hell broke loose at the White House. And in 1924, one of the most recognizable songs ever was first printed.

On this date in 1791 a new revenue act was voted on that led to rebellion. And in 1887, Anne Sullivan began her claim to fame as the "miracle worker".

On this date in 1903 a new hotel in New York City opened exclusively for professional women. And in 1904, one of the most influencial children's authors was born.

On this date in 1883 in Boston, the first Vaudeville theatre of its kind was born. And in 1972, fans of the Beatles held their breath after George Harrison wrecked.

On this date in 1827, Mardi Gras had its unofficial beginnings. And in 1964, the Italian Government made a stunning announcement.

On this date in 1972 a huge deadly flood occurred in West Virginia. And in 1976, a major medical event took place on national television.

On this date in 1836, Samuel Colt received a U.S. patent for a product that remains popular to this day. And in 1919, Oregon legislature was at it again, passing the first-ever gas tax.