On this day: December 18

Published: Dec 18 2012 01:51:38 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 18 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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 - Tunisia
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2010: Governmental protests begin in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, following 26-year-old street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. With the success of the protests in Tunisia, a wave of unrest known as the "Arab Spring" would strike Algeria, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen, then spread to other countries.

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