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 - John Updike
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George Bush Presidential Library

1932: Author John Updike, best known for his Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series of novels, including "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit At Rest," is born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Updike, who was also known for his poems, the Henry Bech stories and the novel "The Witches of Eastwick," is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. Updike, who died of lung cancer at age 76 on Jan. 27, 2009, is seen here in 1989 receiving the Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush.


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