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On this day: December 18

POSTED: 10:51 PM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 17, 2013 

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 - Shippingport Reactor
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United States Department of Energy

1957: The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania goes online. It was the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States. It was taken out of service in 1982.

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