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.
1970: Professional wrestler, actress and model Chyna, who first rose to prominence after debuting in the World Wrestling Federation in 1997, is born Joan Marie Laurer in Rochester, N.Y.
Warner Bros. Television
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