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 - The Feminine Mystique
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1963: Betty Friedan's nonfiction book "The Feminine Mystique," which studied the widespread unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s, is published. It is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States.

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