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 - Anthony Minghella
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2008: British film director Anthony Minghella, who won an Academy Award for Best Director for "The English Patient," dies from a brain hemorrhage in a London hospital following an operation the previous week to remove cancer of the tonsils and neck. He was 54. Minghella, who also directed the movies "Cold Mountain" (seen here, at right, on set with actor Jude Law) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley," also earned Oscar nominations for the screenplays for both "The English Patient" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and as a producer on the Best Picture nominee "The Reader" in 2009.


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