This Day in History: March 18

In 1970, Warren Bloomberg, Baltimore postmaster, placed "hold" signs on mail bags filled with letters for New York, which were piling up in post offices here as a result of the strike started on March 18 by letter carriers in New York. The strike would ultimately spread to some 100 U.S. cities and would involve more than 200,000 postal workers. It ended on March 25. (George H. Cook, Baltimore Sun photo, 1970)

1766: Britain repealed the Stamp Act.


1850: Henry Wells and William Fargo created the American Express Company.

1931: Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.

1932: Novelist John Updike was born in Shillington, Pa.

1959: President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

1965: The first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

2001: John Phillips, who co-founded the Mamas and the Papas, and wrote its biggest hits, including "California Dreamin' " and "Monday, Monday," died in Los Angeles; he was at 65.

Compiled by Lori Sears and Paul McCardell.