Highlights of this day in history: Soviet Union invades Afghanistan; Charles Darwin sets out on round-the-world voyage; Radio City Music Hall opens in New York; James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opens in London. (Dec. 27)
ROSS SIMPSON: December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invades neighboring Afghanistan and Central Asia, beginning a decade-long occupation.
ROSS SIMPSON: Soviet forces leave after the occupation becomes a quagmire, and the communist superpower faces collapse.
1831, naturalist Charles Darwin sets out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the almost five-year-long journey helped form the basis of his theories on evolution and natural selection.
1932, Radio City Music Hall, home of those high-kicking dancers known as the Rockettes, opens in New York.
- (SINGING) You can fly, you can fly, you can fly, you can fly, you can fly.
ROSS SIMPSON: James Barrie's play, "Peter Pan-- The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," opens in London. The play is adapted many times for stage and screen from Broadway to a Disney movie.
Today in history, December 27, Ross Simpson, the Associated Press.