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 - Ozone Disco fire
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1996: A fire at the Ozone Disco Club in Quezon City, Philippines, kills 162. Many of those who died in the fire were high school and college students attending graduation or celebrations marking the end of the school year. It was later estimated that there were around 350 people and 40 club employees inside the night club when the fire broke out, whereas the club had been approved for occupancy of only 35 persons. Many of the bodies were discovered along the corridor leading to the only exit and the building didn't have a proper fire exit installed.


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