GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, December 27, the 361st day of 2014 with 04 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:12 and sunset is @ 4:17. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1831 – British naturalist Charles Darwin set out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle, on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
1900 – Militant prohibitionist Carry A. Nation performed her first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.
1927 – Defeated in his struggle for power against Josef Stalin, Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1932 – Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
1945 – Twenty-eight nations signed an agreement to create the World Bank. The International Monetary Fund and the Bank for Reconstruction and Development were created.
1945 – After World War II, the former Allied nations of the United States, the Soviet Union, andGreat Britain agreed to divide Korea into two occupation zones and govern them for five years. The country was split along the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the northern zone, and Americans stationed to the south. In 1948 self-rule was granted with the establishment of two separate regimes in North Korea and South Korea.
1947 – The children’s television program “Howdy Doody” made its debut.
1968 – Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, returned safely to Earth.
1978 – King Juan Carlos ratified Spain’s first democratic constitution in nearly five decades.
1979 – Soviet Union forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal. It was the beginning of a 10-year war.
1996 – Muslim fundamentalist Taliban forces retook the strategic air base of Bagram, solidifying their buffer zone around Kabul, the Afghanistan capital.
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 – In a run-off election, opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory in Ukraine’s fiercely contested presidential election.