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 day in 1913, a prize inserted inside a snack fast become a popular treat at ballparks across America. And in 1945 during World War II, a five-week battle began. 

On this date in 1930, a cow named "Elm Farm Ollie" made incredible history in St. Louis. And in 1939 an iconic celebration was held in San Francisco. 

On this date in 1902, a popular stuffed animal made its debut. And in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped a scary situation.

On this date in 1919, the world's largest delivery service began. And in 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt founded this organization.

On this date in 1837, New Yorkers rioted in a way that has not been seen since. And in 1981 the New York Times published the longest sentence ever.