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On this day: March 18

POSTED: 10:41 PM PDT Mar 12, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 17, 2014 

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 - FW de Klerk
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U.S. State Department

1936: F.W. de Klerk, the seventh and last state president of apartheid-era South Africa, is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. De Klerk is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa's racial segregation policy, and supporting the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with Nelson Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid.

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