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 - Mount Vesuvius
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U.S. Air Force

1944: The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes. The volcano, which most famously buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum during its eruption in A.D. 79, is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last 100 years. This image of the eruption was captured by Jack Reinhardt, a U.S. Air Force B-24 tailgunner, during World War II.

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