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.
1927: "Show Boat," considered to be the first true American musical, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The musical contributed such classic songs as "Ol' Man River," "Make Believe" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man."
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