On this day: December 18

Published On: Dec 18 2012 12:51:38 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2015 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 - The Tokens
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RCA Records

1961: The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" hits No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it will stay for three weeks.

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