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 1A.

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On this date in 1879 after years of testing, Thomas Edison gave the first demonstration of a new innovation. And in 1904, the first New Year's Eve celebration took place in this major U.S. city, a mainstay each year since. 
 

On this date in 1904, a wireless weather forecast made history in London. And in 1973, President Richard Nixon signed a major law. Learn about it on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1932, one of the most iconic music halls opened in the United States. And on this date in 1991, one of the most successful comedy shows in U.S. history came to a close. Find out more during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1865, James Mason registered the first U.S. patent for a product that paved the way for something most Americans use each morning. And in 1878, John Wanamaker introduced something to his store that we take for granted today. 
 

On this date 200 years ago, one of the most famous Christmas carols of all-time was first sung. And on Christmas morning in 1959, a young man opened up a Christmas gift that would have a major influence on the rest of his life.  
 

In 1948, the Dover Sun House was an attempt to use solar rays as its primary energy source. Did it work? And in 1966, a Soviet spacecraft did something rather interesting. Find out on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1913, an English-born New York journalist created a feature for the New York Globe which eventually became a staple of newspapers everywhere. And in 1937, the first full-length animated film debuted. Find out more during Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1920, a man who later became a comedic legend officially became a United States citizen. And in 1957, a famous singer received a draft notice in the mail to serve 2 years in the U.S. Army. Find out more during Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1918, a new column in the New York Globe would later go onto lead to bigger and better things. And in 1958, a first radio broadcast from space made history. Find out more during today's Mark's Almanac!
 

Today on Mark's Almanac, on this date in 1957 the world's first Nuclear power plant started. And on this day in 1989, a CBS executive went hunting for a show in their archives, found it, and this show aired for the first time in decades. 
 

On today's Mark's Almanac, we'll look back at one winter that really hit hard in this U.S. city that is still talked about to this day. And in 1947, a new station debuted in Cleveland. 
 

On this date in 1969 a musical group debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show, later catapulting one of the band members into stardom. Who was it? Find out the whole story on today's Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1947 the Maine Turnpike Authority made United States history. How? And in 1950, a famous actor made his television debut. Find out more during today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this day in 1800, a major event occurred in the United States with the establishment of something. What was it? And in 1946, Proctor and Gamble introduced a new product that is still popular to this day. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1864 the 12-day seige began, and what did General William Tecumsa write in a letter to President Lincoln? And in 1913, a masterpiece was discovered after being lost for two years. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt was honored with a major award. What was it, and why did he receive it? And more recently in 1984, a New York Times article generated a lot of attention. Find out more during today's edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1941, a major event in United States history occurred which prompted US President Franklin Roosevelt to say, "A date which will live in infamy." Learn more during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge made history during his Presidental Address. What was it? And in 1947, the Everglades National Park in Florida was granted a special distinction. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this day in 1848, a major historical event took place in San Francisco. What was it? And in 1920 the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football League made history. Find out during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1783, General George Washington made a major announcement on this day. What was it? Also in 1954, one of the most famous fast food restaurants debuted. Find out what it was during today's edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1931 a product with three active ingredients went on sale for the first time. What was it? And in 1989, a major event happened between the US and Soviet Union. Find out what it was during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1866, work on the first underwater highway tunnel began in this U.S. city. Where was it, and how long did it take to complete? And on this date in 1950, President Harry Truman made a major announcement. Find out what it was during today's edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1775, an interesting thing happened during the Revolutionary War at George Washington's request. And in 1877, Thomas Edison was back at the drawing board again. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1907, a 23-year-old scrap metal dealer turned a run-down building into one that would later produce several famous stars. Find out the story on today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1924, a Thanksgiving tradition began in New York City. What was it? And in 1971, thanks to a computer error something happened in regards to the planet Mars. Find out on today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

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