Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Dec. 27, 1822, sci­en­tist Louis Pas­teur was born in Dole, France.

In 1831, nat­u­ral­ist Charles Dar­win set out on a roundthe-world voy­age aboard the HMS Bea­gle.

In 1904, James Bar­rie’s play “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” opened in Lon­don.

In 1945, the World Bank and the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund were for­mally es­tab­lished.

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

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

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

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