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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.

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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.

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

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