Mark Twain is born, Lucy and Desi elope, civil war breaks out in Palestine, Bing and Bowie sing a Christmas duet, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is released, all on this day.
1975: Country music singer-songwriter Mindy McCready, whose hits included "Guys Do It All the Time," "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)," is born in Fort Myers, Fla. McCready battled years of addiction before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 17, 2013, one month after her boyfriend and the father of her son also took his own life.
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