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On this day: February 19

Published: Feb 18 2013 07:31:49 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Rescuers reach the Donner Party, Edison patents the phonograph, the Soviet Union launches the Mir space station, and Fidel Castro resigns as Cuban president, all on this day.

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2008: Fidel Castro resigns the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

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