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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 - Steve Austin
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1964: Professional wrestler Steve Austin, better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is born in Victoria, Texas. Described by WWE chairman Vince McMahon as the most profitable wrestler in the company's history, Austin gained significant mainstream popularity during the mid-to-late 1990s with the persona of the disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero.

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