On this day: December 27

Posted: 3:53 PM EST Dec 26, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Dec 27, 2015

Charles Darwin embarks on the HMS Beagle, "Howdy Doody" makes its TV debut, Apollo 8 splashes down after orbiting the Moon, and the Soviet Union occupies Afghanistan, all on this day.

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2012: U.S. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was commander of the Coalition Forces in the Gulf War of 1991, dies from complications of pneumonia at age 78 in Tampa, Florida.


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