December 27: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
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- 1831 - Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution.
- 1932 - Radio City Music Hall, "Showplace of the Nation", opens in New York, New York.
- 1966 - The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
- 1968 - Apollo program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.
- 2004 - Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
- Famous Birthdays: Johannes Kepler (German astronomer), Jacob Bernoulli (Swiss mathematician), George Whitefield (English-American preacher), George Cayley (English engineer), Louis Pasteur (French chemist and microbiologist)
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