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.
1954: A meteorite crashes through a roof in Sylacauga, Alabama, and hits Ann Elizabeth Hodges while she is taking an afternoon nap in the first documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space. The 31-year-old woman was badly bruised on one side of her body but was able to walk to seek help.
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