On this day: August 27

POSTED: 02:55 PM PDT Aug 24, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 26, 2013 

Krakatoa blows its top, The Guinness Book of World Records debuts, "Mary Poppins" premieres, The Beatles meet The King, and a guitar great dies, all on this day.

OTD August 27 - Mariner 2
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NASA

1962: The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA. It later would become the first space probe to conduct a successful planetary encounter.

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