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.
1904: James Barrie's play "Peter Pan" premieres in London. The play would be adapted and expanded somewhat as a novel, published in 1911 as "Peter and Wendy."
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