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 - Stanley Cup
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1892: Lord Stanley of Preston, the former governor general of Canada, pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. Originally presented to amateur champions, starting with the Montreal Hockey Club in 1893, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top professional team since 1910, and, since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.


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