On this day: November 30

Published On: Nov 29 2012 10:03:58 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 30 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD November 30 - Mark Twain
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1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens is born in Florida, Missouri. Under the pen name Mark Twain, he would become one of America's greatest humorists, best known for his novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

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