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 - LOTR The Two Towers
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2002: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the second part in filmmaker Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy, opens in theaters. The movie would go on to gross more than $926 million worldwide and earn six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

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