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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 - Nolan Richardson
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1941: College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson, who led the University of Arkansas to an NCAA championship in 1994, is born in El Paso, Texas. He also led Western Texas College to a National Junior College Championship in 1980 and the University of Tulsa to a NIT title in 1981.

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