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 1949 the first American soap opera debuted from Chicago. And in 1950, United States President Harry S. Truman made a major announcement.

On this date in 1958 that the world was introduced to a new way to get around at airports. And in 1969, the Beetles performed their last performance in an impromptu fashion.   

On this date in 1845 that one of the most influencial poems in history was printed in The New York Evening Mirror. And in 1892, one of the most popular soft drinks in America today was incorporated.

It's become a cultural icon, but it started with foundation work on this date 132 years ago. And on this day in 1959, a patent was filed for a product that has become legendary in the toy industry. More in Mark's Almanac.

Mark's Almanac for January 25, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

On this date in 1959, an American Boeing 707 made history on its route from Los Angeles towards New York. What was the significance? And in 1979 a robot made the wrong kind of history.