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On this day: December 27

Published On: Dec 26 2012 02:53:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2013 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 - John Amos
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1939: Actor John Amos, best known for his TV roles on "Good Times," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Roots" and "The West Wing," is born in Newark, N.J.

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