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 - artificial heart
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NIH photographic archives

1985: Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital. After having the transplant on Nov. 25, 1984, at Humana Heart Institute International in Louisville, Ky., he would end up living for 620 days with the artificial heart before dying from a series of strokes.

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