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.
1924: Comedian Allan Sherman, who became a famous song parodist in the early 1960s best known for the summer camp parody "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," is born in Chicago, Illinois. His first album, 1962's "My Son, the Folk Singer," became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. Sherman, seen here during a 1965 guest-starring role on the TV show "The Loner," died of emphysema at the age of 48 on Nov. 20, 1973.
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