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.
1929: Dick Clark, who would become best known for hosting American television's longest-running variety show, "American Bandstand," from 1957 to 1987, is born in Bronxville, New York. Clark would also become known for hosting the game show "Pyramid" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." He died of a heart attack at age 82 on April 18, 2012.
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