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 - art heist
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1990: In the largest art theft in U.S. history, 13 works of arts, collectively worth around $500 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. Among the works stolen and never recovered were three Rembrandt paintings, including "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" (pictured), the artist's only known seascape, paintings by Johannes Vermeer and Édouard Manet, and five drawings by Edgar Degas. The investigation remains an open, active case and leads are investigated by the museum and the FBI.

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