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 - Hoagy Carmichael
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1981: Composer, singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael, best known for composing the music for "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind," "The Nearness of You" and "Heart and Soul," four of the most-recorded American songs of all time, dies of heart failure at the age of 82 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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