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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 - Maurice Garin
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1957: French cyclist Maurice Garin, the winner of the first Tour de France bicycle race in 1903, dies at age 85 in Lens or Haute-Savoie, France. Garin, who's seen here right of center with his arms crossed, also won the second Tour de France, but was stripped of his title, along with eight others, for cheating.

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