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.
1977: Bing Crosby's last Christmas special, "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas," airs more than a month after his death. The show was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is best remembered for Crosby's duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of "Little Drummer Boy," with Bowie singing new "Peace On Earth" lyrics composed by the show's writers.
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