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.
1970: Professional wrestler, actress and model Chyna, who first rose to prominence after debuting in the World Wrestling Federation in 1997, is born Joan Marie Laurer in Rochester, N.Y.
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