On This Day In History, 27 December

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World Events Today

  • The cornerstone of New York’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, was laid today in 1892
  • The Greater Poland uprising of 1918–1919 began today in 1918
  • Apollo 8, the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon and return, returned to Earth today in 1968

Entertainment Events Today

  • The hit musical Show Boat, by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, premiered today in 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City
  • The Radio City Music Hall, headquarters of the Rockettes, opened today in 1932 in New York City
  • The American television soap opera Knots Landing, a spin-off of Dallas, first aired today on CBS in 1979

Family Events Today

  • The French biologist Louis Pasteur, who invented pasteurization, was born today in 1822 in Dole
  • The French civil engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, died today in 1923 aged 91
  • The American actress, writer, and comedian, Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died today in 2016 aged 60

Main Event Today

  • The IMF, the International Monetary Fund, was formally established today in 1945

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Fruitcake Day

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