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 - George Roy Hill
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

2002: Film director George Roy Hill, best known for such films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting," "The World According to Garp" and "Slap Shot," dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 81 in New York City.

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