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.
1957: Singer Falco, best known for the 1985 international hit "Rock Me Amadeus," is born Johann Hölzel in Vienna, Austria. "Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making Falco the only artist whose principal language was German to score a No. 1 hit in the United States. He died at the age of 40 on Feb. 6, 1998, after his car crashed with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
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