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On this day: December 27

Published On: Dec 26 2012 02:53:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2013 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 - Four Seasons
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1975: The Four Seasons' song "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" is released. It would hit No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart on Feb. 21, 1976, and repeat that feat on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top spot for three weeks.

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