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 - Sydney Greenstreet
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1879: Actor Sydney Greenstreet, best known for his roles in "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," is born in Sandwich, Kent, England. He died of complications from diabetes at age 74 on Jan. 18, 1954.

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