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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 - Sydney Greenstreet
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Warner Bros. Pictures

1879: Actor Sydney Greenstreet, best known for his roles in "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," is born in Sandwich, Kent, England. He died of complications from diabetes at age 74 on Jan. 18, 1954.

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