On this day: December 18

Published On: Dec 18 2012 12:51:38 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2014 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 - Chris Farley
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1997: Actor and comedian Chris Farley is found dead at the age of 33 in his apartment in the John Hancock Center in Chicago. An autopsy would later reveal that Farley had died of a drug overdose early that morning.

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