December 27 is the 361st day of the year. There are four days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

+ 1831 – Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution.

+ 1932 – Radio City Music Hall, "Showplace of the Nation", opens in New York City.

+ 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.

( Births )

+ 1941 – Nolan Richardson, American basketball player and coach

+ 1962 – Mark Few, American basketball player and coach

+ 1962 – Bill Self, American basketball player and coach