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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 - Smokey Robinson
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1940: Singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, the founder and frontman of the popular Motown group The Miracles, who is also known for his solo work, is born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit, Mich. Robinson is best known for hits such as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "I Second That Emotion," "Tears of a Clown" and "The Tracks of My Tears." He's also known for writing hit singles for other singers, including "My Guy," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Don't Mess With Bill" and "Ain't that Peculiar."

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