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On this day: February 19

Published On: Feb 18 2013 06:31:49 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD February 19 - Falco
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1957: Singer Falco, best known for the 1985 international hit "Rock Me Amadeus," is born Johann Hölzel in Vienna, Austria. "Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making Falco the only artist whose principal language was German to score a No. 1 hit in the United States. He died at the age of 40 on Feb. 6, 1998, after his car crashed with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

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