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.
2000: The drama "Traffic," starring Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and directed by Steven Soderbergh, premieres in Los Angeles. The movie, an adaptation of a British miniseries, would go on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning four for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for del Toro, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
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