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.
1948: Actor Gérard Depardieu, best known to American audiences for his roles in movies like "Green Card," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "1492: Conquest of Paradise" and "Life of Pi," is born in Châteauroux, Indre, France.
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