On this day: November 30

Published: Nov 29 2012 11:03:58 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 30 2012 02:00:00 AM EST

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 - Jonathan Swift
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1667: Writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, one of the English language's foremost prose satirists who would become best known for works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," is born in Dublin, Ireland.

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