Dec 27: The Devil Strikes Back

Dec 27: The Devil Strikes Back

The Angels that sang on Christmas have often wept on this third day of Christmas.


Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.

Casualties and losses
Soviet Forces:14,453 Killed (total)

  • 9,500 killed in combat
  • 4,000 died from wounds
  • 1,000 died from disease and accidents

53,753 Wounded

265 Missing

Afghan Forces:

18,000 killed

Mujahideen:75,000–90,000 killed, 75,000+ wounded (tentative estimate)[20]

Pakistan: 300+ killed
1 F-16 fighter jet shot down

Iran: 2 AH-1J helis shot down
unknown killed

Civilians (Afghan):850,000–1,500,000 killed

5 million refugees outside of Afghanistan

2 million internally displaced persons

Around 3 million Afghans wounded (mostly civilians)

Civilians (Soviet):

Around 100 dead


Palestinian gunmen open fire at Israel’s El Al ticket counters in Rome and Vienna Airports killing 16 and injuring more than 100 passengers.

American zoologist Dian Fossey was discovered murdered in her cabin in the Vrunga Mountains in Rwanda.  Fossey life and death were depicted in the Oscar-nominated Gorillas in the Mist.


Suicide bombers aligned with Chechen rebels drive car bombs into into the heavily guarded republic’s government headquarters in the regional capital Grozny The explosion by the equivalent of a ton of dynamite brought down the roof and floors of the four-story building. The first reports said of as few as two dead. Ultimately, Chechen officials said 83 people were killed (48 on the spot) and 210 were injured]


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a gunmen and suicide bomber in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


Iranian security forces open fire upon demonstrators protesting Iranian election.


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