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 - Project Score
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U.S. Air Force

1958: Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched. SCORE, which stood for Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment, would later capture the world's attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via short wave frequency from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an on-board tape recorder.

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