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 - Marlene Dietrich
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1901: Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, best known for movies such as "The Shanghai Express," "Desire" and "Destry Rides Again," is born in Schöneberg, German Empire. She died of renal failure at age 90 on May 6, 1992.

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