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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 - Antonio Stradivari
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1737: Antonio Stradivari, recognized as the most renowned maker of stringed instruments in history, dies in Cremona, Italy. He's seen here in an 1893 painting by Edgar Bundy.

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