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.
1874: Winston Churchill, who would go on to become a two-time British prime minister and win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, is born at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.
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