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 - The Nutcracker
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1892: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" is first performed, as a double premiere together with Tchaikovsky's last opera, "Iolanta," at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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