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.
1922: The Japanese aircraft carrier Hosho becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.
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