The literary genius Mark Twain was born in 1835. He used to joke that was born the day that Halley's comet appeared in the sky. as they grew older and talk about death, Mark Twain used to joke that only die when the comet Halley made the pass. For there is that in 1910, when Halley's comet appeared in the skies, Mark Twain left this for the better? He died April 21 of that year.