On this day: December 27

Published On: Dec 26 2012 02:53:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD December 27 - Howdy Doody
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1947: The children's television program "Howdy Doody" makes its debut. The show, hosted by "Buffalo" Bob Smith, was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows.

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