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 1908, a woman in New York was arrested and fined $5  for violating a law called "The Sullivan Ordinance". What was this law? Also in 1970, Boeing debuted a new way to travel.

On this date in 1880 Memphis, TN became the first city to have a now-common system. And in 1978, this group of brothers rose to the top of the music charts for 24 consecutive weeks with an album that took the nation by storm. 

On this date in 1644 a group of pilmgrims in Boston reported the first official spotting of something. And in 1943, the U.S. Warfoods Adminstration banned a common food item.

On this date in 1929, one of the most famous cartoon characters of all-time made his debut. And in 1943, a "tin can drive" took place to help with a major U.S. event. Find out the details on today's Mark's Almanac.

On this date in 1938, a man by the name of Benny Goodman delivered a performance that would go down as legendary. The concert was the first-ever in a new genre. Find out what all the hype was about on today's Mark's Almanac.