This day in history

► Today is Tuesday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2011. There are four days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 80. Actor John Amos is 72. Actress Charmian Carr (“The Sound of Music’’) is 69. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 68. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 67. Singer Tracy Nelson is 67. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 63. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 62. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 60. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 59. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 59. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 58. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 51. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 49. Actor Ian Gomez is 47. Actress Theresa Randle is 47. Actress Eva LaRue is 45. Former wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 45. Actress Tracey Cherelle Jones is 42. Bluegrass singer Darrin Vincent is 42. Rock musician Guthrie Govan is 40. Musician Matt Slocum is 39. Actor Wilson Cruz is 38. Singer Olu is 38. Actor Masi Oka is 37. Actor Aaron Stanford is 35. Christian rock musician James Mead (Kutless) is 29. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 23.


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

► In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.

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► In 1945, 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank.

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

► In 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; 19 victims were killed, plus four attackers who were slain by police and security personnel.


► In 2001, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners would be held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President George W. Bush extended permanent normal trade status to China. India and Pakistan engaged in diplomatic tit-for-tat, ordering half of each other’s embassy staffs sent home and banning overflights by each other’s national airlines.

► In 2006, Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to embrace “brotherly coexistence’’ and not to hate US-led foreign troops in a goodbye letter posted on a website a day after Iraq’s highest court upheld his death sentence.

► In 2007, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up.

► In 2010, a Russian court found oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of stealing nearly $30 billion in oil from his company, Yukos. (His supporters have charged that Khodorkovsky’s prosecution was politically motivated.)

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