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On this day: March 18

Published On: Mar 13 2013 12:41:58 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Britain repeals the Stamp Act, Lord Stanley announces plans for a hockey cup, a cosmonaut goes for the first space walk, and OPEC ends its oil embargo against the United States, all on this day.

OTD March 18 - Terri Schiavo
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2005: After numerous court appeals, doctors in Florida remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. The brain-damaged woman would die 13 days later. Schiavo's husband, Michael, had petitioned the Sixth Circuit Court of Florida in 1998 to remove her feeding tube, with her parents opposed, arguing that she was conscious. The court ruled that Terri Schiavo would not wish to continue life-prolonging measures, and her feeding tube was removed for the first time on April 24, 2001, only to be reinserted several days later. Another judge eventually upheld the order to remove the feeding tube in February 2005, setting off more appeals and federal government intervention, including President George W. Bush signing legislation designed to keep her alive, before the final ruling in the case.

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