Today in History, December 27th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 27th!

1831 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, departs from Plymouth. It will eventually visit the Galapagos Islands where Darwin will form his theories on evolution.
1862 Union General William Rosecrans’ army begins moving slowly toward Murfreesboro.

William Rosecrans

Union General William Rosecrans

1913 Charles Moyer, president of the Miners Union, is shot in the back and dragged through the streets of Chicago.
1915 In Ohio, iron and steel workers go on strike for an eight-hour day and higher wages.
1927 The musical “Show Boat,” with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
1933 Josef Stalin calls tensions with Japan a grave danger.
1939 A series of vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.
1941 Japanese bombers attack Manila, despite its claim as an open city.
1944 General George S. Patton’s Third Army, spearheaded by the 4th Armored Division, relieves the surrounded city of Bastogne in Belgium.
1945 The International Monetary Fund and the Bank for Reconstruction and Development are created.
1947 The new Italian constitution is promulgated in Rome.
1947 The children’s TV program “Howdy Doody” debuted on NBC.
1949 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300 years of Dutch rule.
1950 The United States and Spain resume relations for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.
1956 Segregation on buses in Tallahassee, Florida is outlawed.
1968 The United States agrees to sell F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
1968 Apollo 8, the first spaceflight to orbit the moon, returned to Earth.
1970 “Hello, Dolly!” closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
1979 President Hafizullah Amin of Afghanistan is ousted and murdered in a coup backed by the Soviet Union, beginning a war that will last more than 10 years.

President Hafizullah AminPresident Hafizullah Amin

President Hafizullah Amin

1983 President Reagan takes all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines.
1984 Four Polish officers are tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.
1985 Naturalist Dian Fossey, who had studied gorillas in the wild, was found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.
2001 U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2004 Viktor Yushchenko won a runoff in Ukraine’s presidential election, completing the country’s “Orange Revolution.”
2005 Indonesia’s Aceh rebels formally abolished their 30-year armed struggle for independence under a peace deal born out of the 2004 tsunami.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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