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 - Neville Chamberlain
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1869: Neville Chamberlain, who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940 and is best known for his appeasement foreign policy toward Nazi Germany before World War II, is born in Birmingham, England. Chamberlain led Britain through the first eight months of World War II before resigning and being succeeded by Winston Churchill. Chamberlain died of cancer six months after leaving the premiership.


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