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.
1943: Film director and screenwriter Terrence Malick, who has earned Academy Award nominations for "The Thin Red Line" and "The Tree of Life," is born in either Ottawa, Illinois, or Waco, Texas. Malick has also directed movies such as "Badlands," "Days of Heaven" and "The New World."
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