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 - Joseph Barbera
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2006: Cartoonist Joseph Barbera, who co-founded the Hanna-Barbera animation studio with William Hanna in 1957, dies at the age of 95 in Los Angeles, California.

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