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.
2002: The musical "Chicago," starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly, opens in the United States in limited release. The movie, adapted from the stage musical of the same name, explores the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. It would go on to earn $306 million worldwide and receive 13 Academy Award nominations, winning six, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Zeta-Jones.
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