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TODAY IN HISTORY

December 27, 2016 GMT

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2016. There are four days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

On Dec. 27, 1904, James Barrie’s play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York’s Theater in London.

On this date

1831— Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

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

1932— New York City’s Radio City Music Hall first opened.

1945— The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were formally established.

1947— The original version of the puppet character Howdy Doody made his TV debut on NBC’s "Puppet Playhouse."

1949— Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed an act recognizing Indonesia’s sovereignty after more than three centuries of Dutch rule.

1968— Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

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

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

1985— American naturalist Dian Fossey, 53, who had studied gorillas in the wild in Rwanda, was found hacked to death.

1995— Israeli jeeps sped out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, capping a seven-week pullout giving Yasser Arafat control over 90 percent of the West Bank’s one million Palestinian residents and one-third of its land.

2007— Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated during a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan following a campaign rally.

Thought for today

‘I’m not young enough to know everything.’

Sir James Matthew Barrie

Scottish dramatist-author

(1860-1937)

Five years ago

Tens of thousands of defiant Syrian protesters thronged the streets of Homs, calling for the execution of President Bashar Assad shortly after his army pulled its tanks back and allowed Arab League monitors in for the first time to the city at the heart of the anti-government uprising.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor John Amos is 77. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 73. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 72. Singer Tracy Nelson is 72. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 68. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 67. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 64. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 56. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 54. Actor Ian Gomez is 52. Actress Eva LaRue is 50. Wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 50. Actress Tracey Cherelle Jones is 47. Singer Olu is 43. Actor Masi Oka is 42. Actor Aaron Stanford is 40. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 28. Country singer Shay Mooney (Dan & Shay) is 25.