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 On Point.

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On this date in 1759, the very first music store opened in America. And in 2003, President George W. Bush made a major announcement.

On this date in 1977, one of the most influential movies of the decade was released. And in 1982, one of the best known American detective shows on TV debuted.

On this date in 1913, one of the most famous paintings ever stolen was recovered. And in 1992, a monster Nor'easter left a path of destruction along the East Coast of the U.S.

On this date in 1968, the biggest heist in Japanese history occurred.

On this date in 1884, roller skating took a huge glide forward. And in 1965, a Christmas cartoon debuted, one that's gone on to become a holiday season staple.

On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison introduced an invention that gave users the ability to reproduce recorded sound. 

On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison was back at it again with yet another new invention.  

On this date in 1848, the Gold Rush unofficially began in California. And in 1955, one of the best-known boycotts got underway.

On this date in 1781, George Washington made a major announcement to his Army. And in 1954, this popular burger chain opened its first restaurant.

On this date in 1967, the first human heart transplant took place. And in 1989, the Cold War officially came to an end.

On this date in 1901, the science of shaving took a huge leap forward. And in 2001, Enron filed for bankruptcy, setting off one of the largest corporate scandals ever.

The first state liquor store opened to the public on this date in 1933. And in 1972, a new video game was introduced which became an instant hit.

On this date in 1895, the first automobile race in the U.S. took place. And in 1942, a popular Boston nightspot became the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.

On this date in 1889, the first permit was issued to allow a car to drive through New York's Central Park. And in 1924, a Thanksgiving tradition was born.

On this date in 1867, what came to be known as America's "icebox on wheels" made its first trip. And in 1956, a new TV game show premiered, a show that's still going strong today.

On this date in 1792, the Farmers' Almanac made its debut. And in 1971, the mystery of what happened to D.B. Cooper began.

On this date in 1963, one of the most shocking events occurred involving a United States President.


On this date in 1959, Jack Benny and then-vice President Richard Nixon teamed up to play a duet at the President's Ball. And in 1976, the legend of 'Rocky'  began.

On this date in 1945, the first of 13 signficant Nurenberg (Germany) trials began, to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.

On this date in 1863, one of the greatest and well-known speeches was delivered. And in 1964, a new product was introduced by Kelloggs.

On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony made headlines. And in 1963, a new telephone was introduced to customers in Pennsylvania.

On this date in 1867, the entire landscape of the stock market was changed forever. And in 1969, Dave Thomas opened a restaurant that many are familiar with.

On this date in 1851, arguably one of the greatest classics of American literature was published. And in 1856, a patent was issued for technology relating to condensed milk.

On this date in 1937, NBC formed a new orchestra for radio. And in 1982, a new memorial made its debut that honored veterans.

On this in 1936, the "greatest bridge in the world" made its debut in this U.S. city. And in 1954, Ellis Island officially shut its doors.