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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 - Show Boat
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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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