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