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 - John Wesley Harding
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1967: Bob Dylan's eighth studio album, "John Wesley Harding," is released. The album, which saw Dylan return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music, would reach No. 2 on the U.S. charts and top the UK charts.

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