December 27

1831

Darwin began his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

1900

Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashed her first saloon.

1932

Radio City Music Hall in New York City opened.

1945

The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.

1949

The Netherlands transferred sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300 years of Dutch rule.

1979

The Soviet Union took control of Afghanistan, installing Afghan politician Babrak Karmal as president.

1996

Rwanda's first genocide trial opened for the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis.

2001

President Bush permanently normalized trade relations with China.

2001

The U.S. announced plans to hold Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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