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« on: December 28, 2009, 06:56:16 pm »

Sunday, December 27th
The 361st day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History


   
   On Dec. 27, 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 27, 1901, Marlene Dietrich, the magnetic movie star and singer who was considered an international symbol of glamour, was born. Following her death on May 6, 1992, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On December 27, 1879, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Senator Thomas Bayard of Delaware, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1880. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1822    Scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France.

1831    British naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the nearly five-year journey helped form the basis of his theories on evolution.

1900    Prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan.

1927    The landmark musical "Show Boat" - with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II - opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

1932    Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.

1945    The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.

1947    The children's TV program "Howdy Doody" debuted on NBC.

1949    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300 years of Dutch rule.

1968    Apollo 8, the first spaceflight to orbit the moon, returned to Earth.

1970    "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.

1979    Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. Babrak Karmal succeeded President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed.

1985    Naturalist Dian Fossey, who had studied gorillas in the wild, was found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.

2001    U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2002    North Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons.

2004    Viktor Yushchenko wins a runoff in Ukraine's presidential election, completing the country's "Orange Revolution."

2005    Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally abolished their 30-year armed struggle for independence under a peace deal born out of the 2004 tsunami.

2007    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a bomb and shooting attack as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi.

2008    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol gave birth to a son, Tripp.

2008    Israel bombed security sites in Hamas-ruled Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns, opening one of the Mideast conflict's bloodiest assaults in decades.

Current Birthdays

Emilie de Ravin turns 28 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actress Emilie de Ravin ("Lost") turns 28 years old today.


85    James A. McClure
Former U.S. senator, R-Idaho

78    Scotty Moore
Rock musician

70    John Amos
Actor

66    Cokie Roberts
Broadcast journalist

65    Mick Jones
Rock musician (Foreigner)

65    Tracy Nelson
Blues singer

61    Gerard Depardieu
Actor

60    T.S. Monk
Jazz drummer, vocalist

57    Tovah Feldshuh
Actress ("Law and Order")

57    David Knopfler
Rock musician (Dire Straits)

53    Karen Hughes
Former White House aide

50    Andre Tippett
Football Hall of Famer

49    Maryam D'Abo
Actress

47    Jeff Bryant
Country musician

45    Ian Gomez
Actor

45    Theresa Randle
Actress

43    Eva LaRue
Actress ("All My Children")

40    Darrin Vincent
Bluegrass musician

40    Sarah Vowell
Author

37    Matt Slocum
Rock musician (Sixpence None the Richer)

36    Wilson Cruz
Actor

36    Olu
R&B singer

35    Masi Oka
Actor ("Heroes")

31    Deuce McAllister
Football player

30    Carson Palmer
Football player

26    Cole Hamels
Baseball player

Historic Birthdays

Marlene Dietrich

12/27/1901 - 5/6/1992
German-born American actress
(Go to obit.)

59    Louis Bromfield
12/27/1896 - 3/18/1956
American novelist and essayist

95    Cyrus Eaton
12/27/1883 - 5/9/1979
Canadian-born American industrialist and philanthropist

93    Sir Mackenzie Bowell
12/27/1823 - 12/10/1917
Canadian prime minister

72    Louis Pasteur
12/27/1822 - 9/28/1895
French biologist and chemist; invented pasteurization process

84    Sir George Cayley
12/27/1773 - 12/15/1857
English aerial navigator

62    William Johnson
12/27/1771 - 8/4/1834
American Supreme Court justice

58    Johannes Kepler
12/27/1571 - 11/15/1630
German astronomer


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