Mark's Almanac

Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.
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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 1948, a new camera debuted that people were willing to pay a pretty penny for. And price was a key component of a new game show that debuted in 1956 and has withstood the test of time. Find out more on Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1904, a major event took place in Saint Louis, what was it? And in 1909, the Wright Brothers were back at it again. Find out what they were up to during this installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1963 that a United States President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Find out more during this edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

It was on this day in 1934 that the New York Yankees purchased the contract of a player from the minor leagues' San Francisco Seals who would go on to have a Hall of Fame career. Who was it? And in 1959, a few notables played at the President's Black Tie ball. Who were they? And a bonus, some information not known was provided regarding Watergate. What was it? Find out on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1923, a patent was issued that changed the landscape of driving forever. And in 1888, a jeweler developed an item that forever changed how working hours are tracked. Find out what it was on today's edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1863 that Lincoln delivered one of the most famous addresses in U.S. History. What was it? And in 1895, two patents were granted that changed the way we write on paper. Find out about it on today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this day in 1801, a major newspaper was established in New York. Which one was it? And in 1959, an original Broadway musical debuted. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1932 a new studio was created that would ultimately change the course of animated film history. And in 1969, the hamburger business changed forever on this date. Find out how on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1380, an 11-year-old was crowned the King of France. Who was it? And in 1832, the world's first street car began operation in this state. Find out where on today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1854, a tragic shipwreck occurred. What was it, and how did it happen? Also, a Disney movie made its debut on this date in 1940. And as a bonus, in 1946 an airplane flew over Western Massachutsetts and created a weather event. Find out what it was during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!

On this date in 1920, a major milestone occurred in Major League Baseball; and in 1933, something of legendary status was spotted in Scotland. Find out what it was during this edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1913 a major storm hit the Great Lakes, and in 1939 Greta Garbo starred in a film. What was it? Find out during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1789, a man by the name of Elijah Craig helped pave the way for future cocktail-making. And, in 1917 an advertisement received nearly 7600 applicants. Find out why it was so significant during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

It was on this day in 1910 that an event occurred that would make delivering mail easier down the road. What was it? And 1933, the voters of Pennsylvania overturned something called "the blue law". Find out why that was so significant during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1917, women in New York City won a landmark decision. What was it? Find out during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1911, a major event in aviation occurred. What was it? And in 1935, a popular board game debuted. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1920, the first commercial radio station went on the air. Where was it, and why was the date so significant? And in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law creating a national holiday to commemorate the life of someone. Find out who it was on this installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

It was on this date in 1512, one of the most amazing pieces of art in the world was finished. What was it, and who painted it? Also, in the year 1800, this President became the first to take up residence in the White House. Find out who it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

Dedicated on this date in 1913, a major highway took center stage. Which one was it? Also, on this date in 1941 one of the most iconic pieces of American history was completed. Find out what it was during today's version of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1873 the "Greatest Show on Earth" made its debut in New York City. And, in 1888 a common writing utensil was first created. What was it? Find out on today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1960, a boxing legend made his professional debut. Who was it? And, in 1998 the Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off with a familiar face. Find out who on this edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1949, United States President Harry Truman did something that made 1.5 million workers instantly happy. What was it? And Chevrolet debuted a new technology on this date in 1954 that is still used today. Find out what it was during the October 26 version of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date in 1845, a man by the name of John Brahm’s 4th symphony premiered. What was it, and why was it noteworthy? And a cooking device was unveiled by Tappan on this date in 1955 that helped pave the way for future technology. Find out what it was during the October 25 version of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date in 1818, Felix Mendelssohn performed for the first time at the age of 9. What was the significance? And on this date in 1929, “Black Thursday” signaled the beginning of a stock market crash. How bad was it? Find out during Mark’s Almanac for October 24.
 

The Green Bay Packers are an iconic football team, but what made what they did on this date in 1921 so special? And a Time Magazine spread coined a new phrase on this day in 1964. What was it? Find out during Mark’s Almanac for October 23.
 

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