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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Travelling on the water change forever on this date in 1809. And in 1854, a major advancement for its time made its mark in San Francisco.

A new technology arrived at the White House on this day in 1922 thanks to President Warren G. Harding. And in 1960, NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics great Bill Russell made history on the basketball court.

On this day in 1812, a weather event occurred in the United States that still holds a record. And 54 years ago, a new local station signed on the air.

On this date in 1935 one of the most popular boardgames of all-time first went on sale. And in 1968, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a memorable day on the golf course.

On this date in 1922 one of the most popular magazines -- even to this day -- was founded. And in 1936, this federation was established to help animals.