Day in history: March 18In 1766, Britain repealed the...

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March 18, 1996

Day in history: March 18

In 1766, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.

In 1922, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced in India to six years' imprisonment for civil disobedience. (He was released after serving two years.)

In 1931, Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.

In 1937, more than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.

In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain.

In 1959, President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

In 1965, the first space walk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether.

In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

Pub Date: 3/18/96

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