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 1A.

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On this date in 1974 a promotion at a Cleveland Indians game made infamous history.

It was on this date in 1781, Thomas Jefferson was given a head's up about the British Army. And in 1925 in Akron, Goodyear made some history!

It was on this date in 1933 a new swimming pool opened in the White House. And in 1964, a relatively unknown band made its debut in the United States.

On this date in 1925 that a little-known slugger for the Yankees started quite the streak. And on this date in 1980, the world's first 24-hour news network debuted.

On this date in 1851, Sojourner Truth gave a passionate speech. And in 1923, the US Attorney General gave women the official thumbs up to wear slacks.

On this date in 1900, people across the southeast United States were stunned by what they saw in the sky. And in 1952, a now-historic kiddie park in nearby Brooklyn, Ohio opened.

On this date in 1922, Babe Ruth was suspended for one game after throwing dirt on an umpire -- and confronting a fan in the stands. And in 1969, the construction of one of the most iconic amusement parks officially began. 

On this date in 1927 it marked the end of an era when it came to the historic Model T.

On this date in 1961 John F. Kennedy made, at the time, a stunning announcement. And in 1968, a 630-foot stainless steel structure in St. Louis was officially dedicated.

On this date in 2010 world famous astronomer Copernicus was reburied. And in 1992, the end of era took place when Johnny Carson hosted his final Tonight Show.

On this date in 1819 New York City made history. And in 1901, the state of Connecticut became the first state to regulate the speed of automobiles.

On this date in 1927 a major groundbreak flight took place. And not to be outdone, exactly five years later Amelia Earhart took the air herself in a momentus occasion.

On this date in 1929 one of the most shocking events in baseball occurred courtesy of a rainstorm. And in 1964, US Diplomats made a shocking discovery in Moscow at the embassy. 

On this date in 1918, an explosion rocked a city near Pittsburgh. And in 1927, one of the worst landslides occurred in Wyoming.

On this date in 1912 baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb had quite the outburst during a game. And in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut to the world.

On this date in 1853 Gail Borden patented a new process that lives on today. And in 1973, America's first space station took to the skies.

On this date in 1940 Winston Churchill gave his first official speech as Prime Minister. And in 1950, a new concept to pay the bill was created.

On this date in 1960, Frank Sinatra welcomed back a legend after a stint in the Army. And in 1963, Bob Dylan -- a relative unknown at the time -- stormed off the set during a rehearsal for a late night appearance. 

On this date in 1751 a charter was granted for a new establishment that would care for the sick. And in 1972, ex-Beatle John Lennon believed he was being followed and is phone tapped by the FBI.

The first Westminster Dog Show took place on this date in 1877. And in 1945, President Harry S. Truman made a historic radio announcment about World War II. 

On this date in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation honoring mothers everywhere. And in 1941, one of the biggest big band swing songs was recorded.

On this date in 1837 John Deere had a revolutionary idea. And in 1994, England got a new connection to Europe.

On this date in 1865 the first-ever train robbery in the United States took place. And in 1986, Cleveland got some great news

On this date in 1970, Kent State University found itself in the national spotlight.

On this date in 1931, a landmark building in mid-town Manhattan opened to the public. And in 1952, an American toy was introduced to the world that made a big impact.