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 1917, the deadliest World War I air raid took place. And in 1920, the United States Postal Service created a rule banning an interesting item from being sent via parcel post.

On this date in 1917, the Secret Service expanded their protection. And in 1923, Harry Houdini performed a stunt in New York City that went down as one of the greatest in history.

On this date in 1741, Benjamin Franklin was back at it again, inventing a new product for homes. And in 1895, a man by the name of Charles Gruyere received a patent that would forever change how cars would be powered.

On this date in 1924, a first radio broadcast of this event occurred in Cleveland, Ohio. Meanwhile in Akron, it was on this date in 1935 that a New York broker's addiction spawned the birth of a new group to help others.

On this date in 1938, a new flying boat made its maiden voyage. And in 1993, a major groundbreaking took place on the shores of Lake Erie.

On this date in 1933, the first drive-in theatre opened to the public. And in 1944, one of the biggest events in the history of warfare occurred. 

Mark's Almanac for June 5, 2019

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On this date in 1981, a report about an unexplained outbreak rocked the world. And in 1977, the first 8-bit computer was released by a popular company.

On this date in 1925, Goodyear debuted a new technological advancement. And in 1939, a German accordionist made history with a new polka. 

On this date in 1790, new rules for copyrights protected authors of their original works. And in 1949, a relative of WKSU's Matt Lupica made history for being a big Cleveland Indians fan.

On this date in 1896, a man by the name of Henry Wells made history in New York City being the first to do this in a car. And in 1911, one of the most famous car races began.

On this date in 1851, a speech given by this woman in Akron is still talked about today. And in 1919, a master mechanic's frustration with burnt toast led to a new invention.

On this date in 1742, the first official swimming pool opened. And in 1900, the moon made some major headlines.

On this date in 1930, the tallest brick building in the world first opened to the public. And in 1969, the building of one of the most iconic amusement parks began.

On this date in 1844 the first-ever telegraphic message was released. And in 1883, this legendary bridge located in Brooklyn opened to traffic for the first time.

On this date in 1903 that the "Great American Roadtrip" kicked off from San Francisco. And in 1922 a man by the name of Walt Disney made headlines.

On this date in 1849, Abraham Lincoln became the first -- and only -- President to hold one of these. And in 1961, a one-of-a-kind eatery opened its doors to the world in Seattle.

On this date in 1819 that the first bicycle was seen in this U.S. city. And in 1881 in Washington D.C., a new organization was founded that has helped many people along the way.

On this date in 1927 that aviationist Charles Lindberg made history. And not to be outdone, in 1932 Amelia Earhart accomplished an impressive feat of her own.

On this date in 1890 a new opera took the world by storm. And in 1975, a Rolling Stones concert almost had to be cancelled after a crazy accident to Mick Jagger.

On this date in 1965 a new food introduced fast became a favorite in homes across the United States. And in 1985, a guard from the Chicago Bulls won what would be the first of many awards throughout his incredible career.


On this date in 1940 a pretty unique fast food restaurant first opened its doors. And in 1957 at Madison Square Garden in New York, the world was introduced to an unforgettable preacher. 

On this date in 1932 a very unique parade, led by New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, was held downtown. And in 1974, the first underground America day was founded.

On this date in 1949 a forgotten wallet paved the way for the future in business. And in 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded one of the most well-known songs in history.

On this date in 1869, a golden spike driven into the ground in Utah made United States history. And in 1994, Nelson Mandela made history of his own in South Africa.

On this date in 1899 a new invention by John Albert Burr helped make an outside chore a lot easier. And in 1887, Queen Victoria and her subjects got a first-hand look at a new show that gained national attention.