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.
1972: Sammy Davis Jr. makes his notorious guest appearance on the sitcom "All in the Family," giving the show's main character, white bigot Archie Bunker, a big kiss on the cheek. The ensuing unrestrained laughter from the audience was the longest in television history and the scene had to be cut short in the final print to allow Archie to say the last line on screen.
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