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This day in history

Thursday, Dec. 27, is the 362d day of 2012. There are four days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor John Amos is 73. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 69. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 68. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 64. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 63. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 61. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 59. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 24.

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In 1822, scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France.

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

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

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 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. But the UN nuclear watchdog said its inspectors were ‘‘staying put’’ for the time being.

In 2007, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated during a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan following a campaign rally.

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