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 1848 something incredible and nearly unthinkable happened to Niagara Falls. And in 1959 one of the most iconic films of all-time debuted.

On this date in 1866 the first official record of this safety vehicle taking to the streets occurred. And in 1979, a major malfunction at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant made headlines.

On this date in 1836 this first-of-its-kind place of worship was dedicated in Northeast Ohio. And in 1912, the first-ever cherry trees were planted in this U.S. city -- now known for them.

On this date in 1872, a product was patented that would go on to save thousands of lives -- even today. And in 1937, Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas unveiled a larger-than-life statue of this famous cartoon character.

On this date in 1882 a New York department put on a one-of-a-kind presentation. And in 1934, one of the most well-known golf tournaments officially started.