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.
1941: College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson, who led the University of Arkansas to an NCAA championship in 1994, is born in El Paso, Texas. He also led Western Texas College to a National Junior College Championship in 1980 and the University of Tulsa to a NIT title in 1981.
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