Mark's Almanac

Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.
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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 day in 1800, a major event occurred in the United States with the establishment of something. What was it? And in 1946, Proctor and Gamble introduced a new product that is still popular to this day. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1864 the 12-day seige began, and what did General William Tecumsa write in a letter to President Lincoln? And in 1913, a masterpiece was discovered after being lost for two years. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt was honored with a major award. What was it, and why did he receive it? And more recently in 1984, a New York Times article generated a lot of attention. Find out more during today's edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1941, a major event in United States history occurred which prompted US President Franklin Roosevelt to say, "A date which will live in infamy." Learn more during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge made history during his Presidental Address. What was it? And in 1947, the Everglades National Park in Florida was granted a special distinction. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this day in 1848, a major historical event took place in San Francisco. What was it? And in 1920 the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football League made history. Find out during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1783, General George Washington made a major announcement on this day. What was it? Also in 1954, one of the most famous fast food restaurants debuted. Find out what it was during today's edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1931 a product with three active ingredients went on sale for the first time. What was it? And in 1989, a major event happened between the US and Soviet Union. Find out what it was during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1866, work on the first underwater highway tunnel began in this U.S. city. Where was it, and how long did it take to complete? And on this date in 1950, President Harry Truman made a major announcement. Find out what it was during today's edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1775, an interesting thing happened during the Revolutionary War at George Washington's request. And in 1877, Thomas Edison was back at the drawing board again. Find out more during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this day in 1907, a 23-year-old scrap metal dealer turned a run-down building into one that would later produce several famous stars. Find out the story on today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1924, a Thanksgiving tradition began in New York City. What was it? And in 1971, thanks to a computer error something happened in regards to the planet Mars. Find out on today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1948, a new camera debuted that people were willing to pay a pretty penny for. And price was a key component of a new game show that debuted in 1956 and has withstood the test of time. Find out more on Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1904, a major event took place in Saint Louis, what was it? And in 1909, the Wright Brothers were back at it again. Find out what they were up to during this installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1963 that a United States President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Find out more during this edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

It was on this day in 1934 that the New York Yankees purchased the contract of a player from the minor leagues' San Francisco Seals who would go on to have a Hall of Fame career. Who was it? And in 1959, a few notables played at the President's Black Tie ball. Who were they? And a bonus, some information not known was provided regarding Watergate. What was it? Find out on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1923, a patent was issued that changed the landscape of driving forever. And in 1888, a jeweler developed an item that forever changed how working hours are tracked. Find out what it was on today's edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1863 that Lincoln delivered one of the most famous addresses in U.S. History. What was it? And in 1895, two patents were granted that changed the way we write on paper. Find out about it on today's installment of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this day in 1801, a major newspaper was established in New York. Which one was it? And in 1959, an original Broadway musical debuted. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1932 a new studio was created that would ultimately change the course of animated film history. And in 1969, the hamburger business changed forever on this date. Find out how on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1380, an 11-year-old was crowned the King of France. Who was it? And in 1832, the world's first street car began operation in this state. Find out where on today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1854, a tragic shipwreck occurred. What was it, and how did it happen? Also, a Disney movie made its debut on this date in 1940. And as a bonus, in 1946 an airplane flew over Western Massachutsetts and created a weather event. Find out what it was during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!

On this date in 1920, a major milestone occurred in Major League Baseball; and in 1933, something of legendary status was spotted in Scotland. Find out what it was during this edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1913 a major storm hit the Great Lakes, and in 1939 Greta Garbo starred in a film. What was it? Find out during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1789, a man by the name of Elijah Craig helped pave the way for future cocktail-making. And, in 1917 an advertisement received nearly 7600 applicants. Find out why it was so significant during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

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