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 1A.

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On this date in 1212 a fire so powerful almost burned London to the ground. And in 1891 the first-ever concrete paved road made its debut in Ohio.

On this date in 1850 President Zachary Taylor died unexpectedly. And in 1953, a new way to get from Point A to Point B debuted.

On this date in 1776 the Liberty Bell rang out with major signficance. And in 1947, a simple press release raised eyebrows.

On this date in 1928 the greatest thing since sliced bread happened. And in 1981, a solar-powered aircraft made history.

On this date in 1933 the city of Chicago hosted the first-ever Major League Baseball all-star game. And in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding.

On this date in 1938 Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. And in 1985, one of the most popular films hit the theatres.

On this date in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt gave an acceptance speech -- a first at a Democratic convention. And in 1937, Amelia Earhart went missing while attempting a new record.


On this date in 1908 an explosion in Siberia was one of the most incredible ever. And in 1953, one of the most iconic sports cars in history first rolled off the assembly line.

On this date in 1891 the US National Forest was first organized. And in 1995, Americans and Russians made history together.

a photo of Mark Pennell

After almost 24 years on the air at WKSU and more than four decades in radio, Mark Pennell is retiring.

On the day of his last shift here, we wanted to take a moment  to look back at that time in radio and some of the history he’s witnessed during that time.

On this date in 1948 the United States and British pilots teamed up to deliver supplies. And in 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech in Berlin.

On this date in 1929 President Herbert Hoover authorized the Boulder Canyon Project Act. 

On this date in 1947 a private pilot reported shiny objects darting by. And speaking of UFOs in 1997, the U.S. Air Force officially dismissed claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

On this date in 1926 the first SAT was given to individuals. And in 1938, the world's first aquarium opened its doors to the public in Florida.

On this date in 1847 "Captain Gregory" played with a lump of dough in his hands, leading to a new discovery. And in 1969, the City of Cleveland made national headlines for the wrong way.

On this date in 1910 across the state of Washington, a tribute was paid to fathers, later leading to a day designated for them. And in 1978, one of the most recognizable comic strips first appeared in newspapers across the country. 

On this date in 1812 the War of 1812 began. And in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

On this date in 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill took place. And in 1991, the body of a former U.S. President was exhumed. 

On this date in 1967 California introduced the world to the "Summer of Love" with a multiple-day concert. And in 2015, Donald Trump made a major announcement.

On this date in 1775, two days before the Battle of the Bunker Hill, George Washington was pegged for an important role. And in 1844, Charles Goodwill was granted his first patent -- setting the stage for a massive future.

On this date in 1923 the legend of Harry Houdini grew even more after a stunt in New York City. And in 1942, Anne Frank received a gift on her 13th birthday that would later turn into a worldwide relic. 

On this date in 1944, 330,000 allied troops stood together as one. And in 1964, while visiting Chicago for the first time, the Rolling Stones were nearly thrown in the clink!

On this date in 1752 Benjamin Franklin went kite-flying in a storm which led to a discovery. And in 1924 in Cleveland, the first radio broadcast from a Presidential convention went over the airwaves. 

On this date in 1789 James Madison stood in front of the House of Representatives and introduced a major document. And in 1984, one of the most recognizable films was released to the public. 

On this date in 1968 Presidental candidate Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down. And in 1981, a report was issued by the CDC concerning a new outbreak.