On this day: December 27

Published On: Dec 26 2012 02:53:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2014 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 - Traffic
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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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