On this day: December 18

POSTED: 10:51 PM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 17, 2015 

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 - Bobby Jones
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1971: Bobby Jones, the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete on a national and international level, dies at the age of 69 in Atlanta, Georgia. During his peak as a golfer from 1923 to 1930, Jones dominated top-level amateur competition, and competed very successfully against the world's best professional golfers. In 1930, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship to become the only golfer to ever win the (pre-Masters) Grand Slam, or all four major championships in the same calendar year.


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