27 December It Happened Today
1571 Birth of Johannes Kepler, German astronomer.
1831 HMS Beagle sets sail from Devonport England, on a five year scientific expedition. On board is a young Charles Darwin.
1901 Birth of Marlene Dietrich.
1981 Death of American pianist Hoagy Carmichael.
2007 Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, is assassinated.