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Today in History Today is Monday, December 27, the 361st day of 2021. There are four days left in…

Today in history

Today is Monday, December 27, the 361st day of 2021. There are four days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 27, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that the Taliban and Al-Qaida prisoners would be detained at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

To this date :

In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin embarked on a voyage around the world aboard HMS Beagle.

In 1932, New York’s Radio City Music Hall opened.

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

In 1958, American physicist James Van Allen reported the discovery of a second radiation belt around Earth, in addition to the one discovered earlier in the year.

In 1964, the Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the NFL Championship game played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

In 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe night-landing in the Pacific.

In 1979, Soviet forces took control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin (hah-FEE’-zoo-lah ah-MEEN ‘), overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal.

In 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the airports of Rome and Vienna; 19 victims were killed, plus four assailants who were shot dead by police and security personnel. American naturalist Dian Fossey, 53, who had studied gorillas in the wild in Rwanda, was found killed with an ax.

In 1995, Israeli jeeps left the West Bank city of Ramallah, ending a seven-week withdrawal giving Yasser Arafat control of 90% of the West Bank’s million Palestinian inhabitants and a third of its land.

In 1999, Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven crew members returned to Earth after repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed the first black judge to the 4th United States Court of Appeals serving several southern states. (Roger Gregory’s nomination had been blocked in the Senate, but Clinton took advantage of a vacation nomination to put him on the bench.)

In 2002, a defiant North Korea ordered UN nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons; the UN nuclear watchdog said its inspectors were “staying put” for the time being.

Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of rebel Syrian protesters took to the streets of Homs, calling for the execution of President Bashar Assad shortly after his army pulled out its tanks and cleared observers for the first time. Arab League to visit the city at the heart of the anti-government uprising.

Five years ago: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay), accompanied by President Barack Obama, visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where he offered his “sincere and everlasting condolences to souls of those who lost their lives ”. during the attack on Japan in 1941; Abe did not apologize, but conceded that his country “must never repeat the horrors of war again”. Actress Carrie Fisher died in hospital four days after suffering a medical emergency aboard a flight to Los Angeles; she was 60 years old.

A year ago: Nearly 1.3 million people passed through U.S. airports, the highest level of air travel in more than nine months, despite fears that travel could lead to more cases of COVID- 19. President Donald Trump signed a $ 900 billion pandemic contingency plan, ending days of drama for his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that would provide money to businesses and individuals and avoid a federal government shutdown. Federal officials have identified the man they claim was responsible for a Christmas Day bombing that ravaged downtown Nashville; they said Anthony Quinn Warner died in the explosion.

Today’s birthdays: Actor John Amos is 82 years old. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 77 years old. Singer Tracy Nelson is 77 years old. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 73 years old. Jazz singer-musician TS Monk is 72 years old. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 70 years old. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 69 years old. Actor Tovah Feldshuh is 68 years old. Journalist turned politician Arthur Kent is 68 years old. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 61 years old. Actor Ian Gomez is 57 years old. Actress Theresa Randle is 57 years old. Actress Eva LaRue is 55 years old. Wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 55 years old. Bluegrass singer-musician Darrin Vincent (Dailey & Vincent) is 52 years old. Rock musician Guthrie Govan is 50 years old. Musician Matt Slocum is 49 years old. Actor Wilson Cruz is 48 years old. Actor Masi Oka is 47 years old. Stanford is 45 years old. Actress Emilie de Ravin is 40 years old. Actor Jay Ellis is 40 years old. Christian rock musician James Mead (Kutless) is 39 years old. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 33 years old. Country singer Shay Mooney (Dan & Shay) is 30 years old. Actor Timothée Chalamet is 26 years old.

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