On this day: March 18

POSTED: 10:41 PM PDT Mar 12, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 17, 2016 

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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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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