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.
1920: Actress Virginia Mayo, the biggest box office money maker for Warner Bros. in the late 1940s, is born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri. Mayo got her start in vaudeville and is best known for a series of comedic films with Danny Kaye. She also appeared alongside Bob Hope in "The Princess and the Pirate," with James Cagney in "White Heat," and in William Wyler's Best Picture Oscar-winner "The Best Years of Our Lives." She died of pneumonia and complications of congestive heart failure at age 84 on Jan. 17, 2005.
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