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.
1947: In the wake of the United Nation General Assembly's vote on the Partition Plan for Palestine, civil war breaks out in the region. The conflict would last for more than five months, leading up to the creation of the state of Israel.
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