On this day: December 18

POSTED: 10:51 PM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 17, 2014 

America celebrates its first official day of thanksgiving, "The Nutcracker" debuts, the first "Pink Panther" short premieres, and the first nuclear power plant in America goes online, all on this day.

OTD December 18 - Ty Cobb
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Library of Congress

1886: Hall of Fame baseball player Ty Cobb, widely credited with setting 90 Major League Baseball records during a 24-year career spent mostly with the Detroit Tigers, is born in Narrows, Georgia. He collected 4,189 hits in his career and still holds the record for career batting average at .366. Cobb died at age 74 in July 1961.

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