On this day: December 27

POSTED: 3:53 PM Dec 26 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Dec 27 2013
Howdy Doody museum display

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.