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 1960 millions of fans were thrilled after this rock star was discharged from the Army. And in 1994 in South Africa, an interesting world record was set -- only to be broken six years later.

On this day in 1829 chaos ensued at the White House during this event honoring Andrew Jackson. And in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt made a pledge to Americans that is still a popular quote today.

On this date in 1803, the Ohio General Assembly met for the first time in Chillicothe, triggering an important decision. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a new bill thanks to the efforts of a few explorers who had taken a proactive approach.

On this date in 1827, this railroad became the first of its kind to charter passengers. And in 1983, the final episode of this extremely popular CBS American war comedy drama aired.

On this day in 1814, Beethoven debuted a new symphony that remains popular to this day. And in 1827, New Orleans celebrated this for the very first time. 

On this day in 1917 this new genre of music would change the world forever. And in 1936, a new automobile brand was introduced by Hitler to the German public. 

On this date in 1751, a first-of-its-kind performer debuted in New York City. And in 1919, the state of Oregon became the first state to charge a tax on this item.

On this date in 1819, a major land transaction took place in the United States. And 1959, the Daytona 500 made its debut with a race that had a legendary finish.

On this date in 1885 that one of the most well-known monuments in the world was officially dedicated. And in 1947, Polaroid made a technological advancement.

On this date in 1872 one of the most well-known art museums opened its doors to the public in New York City. And in 1937, a flying automobile took to the skies.

On this day in 1913, a prize inserted inside a snack fast become a popular treat at ballparks across America. And in 1945 during World War II, a five-week battle began. 

On this date in 1930, a cow named "Elm Farm Ollie" made incredible history in St. Louis. And in 1939 an iconic celebration was held in San Francisco. 

On this date in 1902, a popular stuffed animal made its debut. And in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped a scary situation.

On this date in 1919, the world's largest delivery service began. And in 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt founded this organization.

On this date in 1837, New Yorkers rioted in a way that has not been seen since. And in 1981 the New York Times published the longest sentence ever. 

On this date in 1874, this man opened a new sporting goods shop in Chicago whose products still bear his name today. And in 1914, a special dedication ceremony took place in Washington, D.C.

Travelling on the water change forever on this date in 1809. And in 1854, a major advancement for its time made its mark in San Francisco.

A new technology arrived at the White House on this day in 1922 thanks to President Warren G. Harding. And in 1960, NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics great Bill Russell made history on the basketball court.

On this day in 1812, a weather event occurred in the United States that still holds a record. And 54 years ago, a new local station signed on the air.

On this date in 1935 one of the most popular boardgames of all-time first went on sale. And in 1968, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a memorable day on the golf course.

On this date in 1922 one of the most popular magazines -- even to this day -- was founded. And in 1936, this federation was established to help animals.

On this date 1941, the United Service Organization was founded and because of it, one of the most well-known comedians came to be. And in 1980 the world's most popular celebrity nightclub closed its doors in this U.S. city.

On this day in 1898 that the first policy of its kind was introduced to vehicle owners. And in 1953 a new innovative show debuted on CBS television.

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.