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 1916 that the most lopsided college football game took place. And in 2003, an unlikely candidate was Gonernor of California. 

On this date in 1675, a Dutch mathematician patented a new product that was a major advancement for its time. And in 1931, a popular new comic strip was first published that still appears in newspapers today.

On this date in 1945 a 10-year-old made his first public appearance at a talent show, which would lead to him later being a legend. And in 1951, the CBS Television network went out on a limb airing a sporting event coast-to-coast.

On this date in 1950 that a popular comic strip was first released. And in 1959, a new show premiered on CBS that sent you into a different "zone".

On this date in 1908 Henry Ford introduced a new vehicle to the world. And in 1932, one of the most memorable plays in baseball history took place.

On this date in 1846, a dentist used a new method to ease the pain while extracting a tooth. And in 1991, one of the most dubious talkshows debuted.

On this date in 1954, a new late-night program debuted on NBC that has gone on to become the longest running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States. And in 1996, one of the worst oil spills occurred in Portland, Maine.

On this date in 1949, a groundbreaking ceremony took place in Hollywood. And in 1957, one of the most well-known musicals opened on Broadway.

On this date in 1939, a treaty was signed to end World War I after one major oversight years earlier. And in 1949, the Reverend Billy Graham held his first big event.

On this date in 1889, a new invention changed the way employers tracked employees coming and going. And in 1968, a new show debuted on CBS that has withstood the test of time.

On this date in 1938 a historic time capsule was buried at the New York World's Fair. And in 1949, eccentric Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck was at it again with an unusual 'burial'.

On this date in 1879, something major happened in San Francisco that caused boats to stand still. And in 1961, JFK made a suggestion regarding the moon that involved the Soviets and Americans.

On this date in 1952, a new TV series premiered in the United States. And in 1961, a couple claimed to be abducted by extraterrestrials. 

On this date in 1899, one of the most popular ragtimes debuted. And in 1971, the first ramen noodles were made avaliable to the public. 

On this date in 1683, a Dutch scientist became the first to report something around us constantly. And in 1862, the Battle of Sharpsburg went down in history.

On this date in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon exploded in this populated U.S. city. And in 1978, one of the most incredible natural disasters occurred.

On this date in 1940, during the early stages of World War I, Buckingham Palace was targeted an incredible number of times.

On this date in 1940, a collection of cave paintings discovered in a France cavern shed some light on the past. And in 1981, a new cartoon debuted in the United States.

On this date in 2001, the worst attack on U.S. soil took place.

On this date in 1945, a chicken defied the odds. And in 1953, Swansons released a new food that remains as popular as ever today. 

It was on this date in 1753, a new steam engine arrived in the United States. And in 1776, the Continental Congress declared a new name for the country.

On this date in 1916, the first true self-service grocery store was founded. And in 1995, Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. broke a baseball record thought unbreakable.

On this date in 1885, a new technology helped pave the way for how cars were fueled with gas. And in 1958, a color video recording made history.

On this date in 1894, one of the largest strikes took place in New York. And in 1951, viewers across the country had the opportunity to witness a revolutionary broadcast.

On this date in 1930, the fifth deadliest Atlantic hurricane left a path of destruction. And in 1967, a major event in Sweden occurred.