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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This marks the day President Abraham Lincoln died. And in 1912, the most famous ship-sinking took place.

On this date in 1945, a major event involving President Franklin Roosevelt occurred. And in 1955, a breakthrough in the health industry was announced. 

On this date in 1865, President Lincoln gave a speech that would turn out to be his last. And in 1965, a weather event known as "Palm Sunday outbreak" rolled through the midwest.

On this date in 1815, a major eruption in the Dutch West Indies went down as one of the most destructive ever. And in 1970, Paul McCartney made a major announcement.

On this date in 1950, a legendary comedian made his television debut. And in 1963, Winston Churchill made headlines in the United States.