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 1814, a London surgeon performed the first-ever plastic surgery. And in 1910, a woman pilot made headlines.

On this date in 1934, "Pretty Boy Floyd" was finally tracked down in East Liverpool, Ohio. And in 1938, a piece of equipment found in nearly every office was created.

On this date in 1854, Florence Nightingale left her mark on the world. And in 1959, thousands of people lined up on New York's Fifth Avenue for the opening of a new museum.

On this date in 1867, the United States formally took possession of a new territory that would later become a state. And in 1892, the first commercial long distance phone call was placed.

On this date in 1814, a tank at a London brewery broke apart unleashing a tidal wave of beer. And in 1933, one of the greatest minds in history arrived in the United States.

On this date in 1829, a new hotel opened in Boston, the first to boast many modern conveniences. And in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis began.

On this date in 1789, George Washington embarked on the first-ever Presidential tour of the U.S. And in 1924, another President made headlines with a dedication.

On this date in 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. And in 1964, an icon of the civil rights movement won the Nobel Peace Prize.

On this date in 1887 a new mechanism was patented for an elevator by an Ohio-born inventor. And in 1939, a letter written by Albert Einstein opened a lot of eyes -- including President Roosevelt.

On this date in 1886 a new style worn by men at an autumn ball in NYC debuted. And in 1966, the Beach Boys released one of their biggest hits of all-time.

On this date in 1936 the Hoover Dam was utilized for the first time to generate energy. And in 1947, after more than 10 years of research, AT&T debuted a new way to reach someone.

On this date in 1871 the Great Chicago left plenty of destruction. And in 1945, an everyday product in most kitchens was patented.


On this date in 1916 that the most lopsided college football game took place. And in 2003, an unlikely candidate was Gonernor of California. 

On this date in 1675, a Dutch mathematician patented a new product that was a major advancement for its time. And in 1931, a popular new comic strip was first published that still appears in newspapers today.

On this date in 1945 a 10-year-old made his first public appearance at a talent show, which would lead to him later being a legend. And in 1951, the CBS Television network went out on a limb airing a sporting event coast-to-coast.

On this date in 1950 that a popular comic strip was first released. And in 1959, a new show premiered on CBS that sent you into a different "zone".

On this date in 1908 Henry Ford introduced a new vehicle to the world. And in 1932, one of the most memorable plays in baseball history took place.

On this date in 1846, a dentist used a new method to ease the pain while extracting a tooth. And in 1991, one of the most dubious talkshows debuted.

On this date in 1954, a new late-night program debuted on NBC that has gone on to become the longest running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States. And in 1996, one of the worst oil spills occurred in Portland, Maine.

On this date in 1949, a groundbreaking ceremony took place in Hollywood. And in 1957, one of the most well-known musicals opened on Broadway.

On this date in 1939, a treaty was signed to end World War I after one major oversight years earlier. And in 1949, the Reverend Billy Graham held his first big event.

On this date in 1889, a new invention changed the way employers tracked employees coming and going. And in 1968, a new show debuted on CBS that has withstood the test of time.

On this date in 1938 a historic time capsule was buried at the New York World's Fair. And in 1949, eccentric Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck was at it again with an unusual 'burial'.

On this date in 1879, something major happened in San Francisco that caused boats to stand still. And in 1961, JFK made a suggestion regarding the moon that involved the Soviets and Americans.

On this date in 1952, a new TV series premiered in the United States. And in 1961, a couple claimed to be abducted by extraterrestrials.