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 - Vostok rocket explosion
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1980: At Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, 48 people are killed by an explosion of a Vostok-2M rocket on its launch pad during a fueling operation. The cause of the explosion was later established to have been a design fault in the rocket's hydrogen peroxide filter system. Pictured is a similar rocket now on display in Moscow at the All Russia Exhibition Centre.


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