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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On this date in 1893 that the Ohio State legistature paved the way for what's now known as the Cleveland Metroparks. And in 1923, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company gained national attention with a revolutionary design.

On this date in 1818 Congress made a final decision on this lasting United States image. And in 1917 the Senate voted 82-6 to declare war on this international empire.


On this date in 1953 one of the most well-known magazines of all-time hit the stands for the first time. And in 1965, an experimental nuclear powered-satellite took to the skies!


On this date in 1865 the city of Petersburg, Virginia made headlines. And in 1902, a new theatre in Los Angeles opened its doors for the first time.

Is it really true that on this date nothing of significance occurred? Just kidding! Find out the origins of April Fool's Day during this installment of Mark's Almanac!