Mark's Almanac

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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 On Point.

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On this date in 1782, George Washington created a new award for military merit. And in 1912, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft had a memorable split over the presidency.

On this date in 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped.

On this date in 1861, President Lincoln signed into law a first-ever tax of its kind. And in 1914, a new traffic signal made its way into the world close to home.

Mark's Almanac for August 2, 2019

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On this date in 1921, a jury in Chicago rendered a "not guilty" verdict regarding one of the most infamous trials in baseball history. And in 1990, President George H.W. Bush made a major announcement.

On this date in 1893, a breakfast cereal debuted that remains popular today. And in 1957, a commerical building was the first to be heated by something other than the conventional way.

On this date in 1790, the first-ever patent was issued in the United States. And in 1964, a new device helped push the exploration of the moon move forward.

On this date in 1945, the USS Indianapolis experienced a tragic fate. And in 1956, the official national motto of the United States was approved.

On this date in 1927, a device considered a major medical breakthrough was installed at a hospital for the first time. And in 1928, test footage of a cartoon was released that would change the world forever.

On this date in 1775, the second continental congress established a new mail system. And in 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a significant new bill into law.

On this date in 1866, future President Ulysses S. Grant got a very special appointment. And in 1916, a very tragic incident occurred in Cleveland.

On this date in 1880, a first in regards to power took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And in 1911, the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played.

On this date in 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair was the site for a very popular treat to be born. And in 1973, President Nixon addressed the nation regarding Watergate.

On this date in 1796, a man by the name of Moses Cleaveland founded a certain city you may have heard of. And in 1893, one of the most iconic songs defining America was written.

On this date in 1938, a pilot took off from New York headed for California, but things took an interesting turn. And in 1968, two men founded a new company that proved to be a real trendsetter.

On this date in 1941, one of baseball's most coveted records came to an end. And in 1948, a pilot delivering supplies in Berlin was particularly sweet.

On this date in 1790, Congress officially declared this city the new capital of the United States. And in 1935, a new way to park was debuted in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

On this date in 1916, a man by the name of William Boeing founded a new company that would later be a top name in aircraft. And in 1931, an American aviator became the first to accomplish this incredible feat.

President Dwight Eisenhower blazed a trail in presidential travel on this date in 1957. And in 1976, this still-popular gameshow debuted on ABC.

Our system of roads was influenced by a new law passed on this date in 1916. And in 1988, boxer Mike Tyson formed an alliance with a man who would one day be president.  

Ohio is home to the world's oldest concrete street, put in place on this date in 1891. And in 1938, an ambitious pilot took off for a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

On this date in 1795, a Boston financier did something that is unfathomable today. And in 1869, a dutch immigrant woodworker developed a product famously associated with a certain snowman.  


On this date in 1947, an Army press release raised eyebrows. And in 1988, a well-known singer announced plans to run for Detroit mayor. 

It was on this date in 1643 that a certain meteorological event was recorded for the first time. And in 1937, a new food was introduced which gained popularity with U.S. soldiers during World War II and still remains around today.

On this date in 1776, a resolution was approved declaring the United Colonies free and independent states.


On this date in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated a symbolic memorial. And in 1985, one of the most popular films of all-time was released.