On This Day December 27
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1831 – British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year expedition to survey the geology and wildlife of coastal South America. His observations eventually lead to development of his theory of evolution through natural selection.
1932 – In the midst of the Depression, New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall opens and is touted as a “palace for the people.” Since then, more than 300 million people have enjoyed stage shows, movies, concerts and special events at the unmistakable Art Deco venue located in midtown Manhattan.
2016 – “Star Wars” fans around the world are devastated to learn that actress Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the legendary movie series, has died at the age of 60. Her death comes four days after suffering a massive heart attack on an international flight.
1969 – Led Zeppelin score their first No. 1 album with “Led Zeppelin II,” which brings us “Whole Lotta Love,” “What Is and What Should Never Be,” “Ramble On” and six other tracks. It goes on to sell more than six million copies in the U.S. alone.
1980 – “Double Fantasy,” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, begins an eight-week run at No. 1 on the album chart. That same day, one of its tracks, “(Just Like) Starting Over” reaches No. 1 on the singles chart and remains there for five weeks.