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 - Stamp Act
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1766: A day after the British Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act, which required that many printed materials in the U.S. colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London and carrying an embossed revenue stamp, King George III gives his royal assent, making the repeal official. The act had caused bitter and violent opposition in the colonies. Seen here is a 1765 proof sheet of one-cent stamps required for newsprint.

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