On this day: December 27

Published On: Dec 26 2012 02:53:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2015 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 - Dian Fossey
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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

1985: Dian Fossey, the gorilla specialist whose book "Gorillas in the Mist," based off her extensive study of the species, was the inspiration for the movie of the same name, is found murdered by a machete in her cabin at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

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