On this day: December 27

POSTED: 12:53 PM PST Dec 26, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 26, 2013 

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 - Knots Landing
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1979: The prime-time soap opera "Knots Landing" premieres on television. The show, a spin-off of "Dallas," would run for 14 seasons before ending on May 13, 1993.

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