On this day: November 30

Published On: Nov 29 2012 10:03:58 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 30 2012 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD November 30 - Clay Aiken
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1978: Singer Clay Aiken, who rose to fame by finishing second to Ruben Studdard on the second season of "American Idol" in 2003, is born in Raleigh, N.C.

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