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Dec 27, 1975: Coal Mine Explodes in India

A coal mine explosion followed by a flood kills at least 372 workers in Dhanbad, India, on this day in 1975. Hundreds of miners were working at the Chasnala Colliery on the evening of December 27 when an explosion suddenly

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Dec 27, 1968: Apollo 8 Returns to Earth

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, returns safely to Earth after an historic six-day journey. On December 21, Apollo 8 was launched by a three-stage Saturn 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Frank Borman, James

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Dec 27, 1944: FDR Seizes Control of Montgomery Ward

On this day in 1944, as World War II dragged on, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders his secretary of war to seize properties belonging to the Montgomery Ward company because the company refused to comply with a labor agreement. In

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Dec 27, 1932: Radio City Music Hall Opens

At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a

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