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.
1936: In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed after what starts as a small office fire spreads quickly due to high winds and the building's dry old timber flooring. The cast-iron and plate-glass building was originally built in London's Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 but was moved to a South London suburb in 1854.
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