Mark Twain is born, Lucy and Desi elope, civil war breaks out in Palestine, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is released, all on this day.
1940: Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut. They are seen here at right in a publicity still for 1957's "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show."
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