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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 - Vanessa Williams
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1963: Beauty queen, actress and singer Vanessa Williams is born in Tarrytown, N.Y. Williams became famous in 1983 as the first black woman crowned Miss America, but was forced to give up her title when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She has gone on to a career that includes hit songs like "The Right Stuff," "Dreamin'" and "Save the Best for Last," and acting roles in movies such as "Eraser," "Soul Food" and "Shaft" and the TV shows "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives."

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