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 1886, a man by the name of John Pemberton carried a bottle of his famous "medicine" to Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, and the rest was history. And in 1912, a new film, television, production and distribution studio made its debut. 

On this date in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a Presidential proclaimation to honor this group of individuals. And in 1970, this legendary band released their final single.

On this date in 1837 that a product was created to revolutionize the farming industry. And in 1957, one of the most popular sitcoms of all-time aired its final episode on CBS.

On this date in 1952, an explorer made headlines at the North Pole. And in 1973, several thousand employees gathered outside this famous skyscraper in Chicago.

On this date in 1536, an arrest spurred on by Henry VIII made headlines. And in 1885, a new magazine debuted with a mission to "produce and perpetuate perfection." 

On this date in 1931, a new building in Manhattan was completed, soaring high above the city. And in 1952, a new toy went on sale that is still popular to this day.

On this day in 1789, this President was officially sworn in, beginning an 8-year term. And in 1889, a 3-day celebration paid tribute to that inauguration.

On this date in 1927, Charles Lindburgh and the "Spirit of St. Louis" made history. And in 1961, a new program on ABC opened the world's eyes to sports.

On this date in 1607 three ships representing the Virginia Company established a new city. And in 1941 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, this now-important part of baseball made its debut.


On this date 1954 a new innovation using the sunlight debuted. And in 1990, the hubble telescope made astronomical history!

On this date in 1888 that a new company was founded that has since made a lasting impression. And in 1907, one of the most historic parks was founded in Pennsylvania. 

On this date in 1861 General Robert E. Lee made news amidst the Civil War. And in 1900 a new word made its debut.

On this date in 1692 a man by the name of Edward Bishop was jailed for a very interesting reason. And in 1876, one of the most famous ballet scores was completed.

On this date in 1775, one of the most important wars in the history of this country began. 

On this date in 1906, a massive earthquake shook this California city. And in 1968, a famous bridge was sold to a United States oil company and incredibly rebuilt in Arizona!

On this date in 1964, one of the most iconic cars in history made its debut at the World's Fair in New York. And in 1997, a man by the name of John E. Bell made headlines.

On this date in 1940, Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller did something that has yet to be accomplished since. And in 1962, a legendary news anchor began his tenure on CBS.

This marks the day President Abraham Lincoln died. And in 1912, the most famous ship-sinking took place.

On this date in 1945, a major event involving President Franklin Roosevelt occurred. And in 1955, a breakthrough in the health industry was announced. 

On this date in 1865, President Lincoln gave a speech that would turn out to be his last. And in 1965, a weather event known as "Palm Sunday outbreak" rolled through the midwest.

On this date in 1815, a major eruption in the Dutch West Indies went down as one of the most destructive ever. And in 1970, Paul McCartney made a major announcement.

On this date in 1950, a legendary comedian made his television debut. And in 1963, Winston Churchill made headlines in the United States.

On this date in 1879, this product was sold for the first time in glass bottles. And in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive order.

On this date in 1893 that the Ohio State legistature paved the way for what's now known as the Cleveland Metroparks. And in 1923, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company gained national attention with a revolutionary design.

On this date in 1818 Congress made a final decision on this lasting United States image. And in 1917 the Senate voted 82-6 to declare war on this international empire.