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 1899, the first ship-to-shore wireless message was sent. And in 1904, a patent was granted to a product making it easier to get around in the snow.

On this date in 1865, William Shephard was issued a patent for a product we use daily. And in 2018, a 90,000-year-old bone fragment discovered raised eyebrows.

On this date in 1888, William Seward Burrows was issued four patents for this technological advancement. And in 1947, 2,500 people headed to Williamsport, PA for what has turned into an annual event.

On this date in 1866, President Andrew Johnson issued a major proclamation. And in 1920, the first radio station licensed by the federal government went on the air. 

On this date in 1839, a new process was released in Paris that revolutionized photography. And in 1909, the first race was held on a test track that would become home to one of the world's most famous car races.

This is an important date in the development of the modern rollercoaster. And a sad one in the history of baseball.  

Follow the yellow brick road to a movie classic that debuted on this date in 1939.  And in 1945, VJ-Day signaled the end of World War II.

It was a first for beauty pageants on this day in 1908. And in 1962, the largest cash robbery of all time occurred in Plymouth, MA.   

An earthquake caused catastrophic destruction on this date 151 years ago. Just four years ago, a stolen painting found its way home.  

Today marks an important date in the history of a major American metropolis known as the windy city. And hear a historic recording from Thomas Edison that marks a discovery he made on this date in 1877.

On this date in 1944, a beloved character made his debut to the world. And in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned, making him the first U.S. President to do so.

On this date in 1876, Thomas Edison was once again back at it with another invention. And in 1898, a "mistake" turned into a product that's still sold today.

On this date in 1782, George Washington created a new award for military merit. And in 1912, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft had a memorable split over the presidency.

On this date in 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped.

On this date in 1861, President Lincoln signed into law a first-ever tax of its kind. And in 1914, a new traffic signal made its way into the world close to home.

Mark's Almanac for August 2, 2019

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On this date in 1921, a jury in Chicago rendered a "not guilty" verdict regarding one of the most infamous trials in baseball history. And in 1990, President George H.W. Bush made a major announcement.

On this date in 1893, a breakfast cereal debuted that remains popular today. And in 1957, a commerical building was the first to be heated by something other than the conventional way.

On this date in 1790, the first-ever patent was issued in the United States. And in 1964, a new device helped push the exploration of the moon move forward.

On this date in 1945, the USS Indianapolis experienced a tragic fate. And in 1956, the official national motto of the United States was approved.

On this date in 1927, a device considered a major medical breakthrough was installed at a hospital for the first time. And in 1928, test footage of a cartoon was released that would change the world forever.

On this date in 1775, the second continental congress established a new mail system. And in 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a significant new bill into law.

On this date in 1866, future President Ulysses S. Grant got a very special appointment. And in 1916, a very tragic incident occurred in Cleveland.

On this date in 1880, a first in regards to power took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And in 1911, the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played.

On this date in 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair was the site for a very popular treat to be born. And in 1973, President Nixon addressed the nation regarding Watergate.

On this date in 1796, a man by the name of Moses Cleaveland founded a certain city you may have heard of. And in 1893, one of the most iconic songs defining America was written.