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On this day: December 18

Published On: Dec 18 2012 12:51:38 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Lee Boyd Malvo
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2003: A jury in Chesapeake, Va., convicts teenager Lee Boyd Malvo of two counts of murder in the Washington, D.C.,-area sniper shootings. Malvo would later be sentenced to life in prison without parole. He would eventually be sentenced to another life term for another murder in Virginia and six more consecutive life sentences for murders committed in Maryland.

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