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.
1955: Singer-songwriter Billy Idol, known for such 1980s songs as "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face," is born William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
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