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.
2001: Film director Stanley Kramer, best known for directing movies such as "The Defiant Ones," "Inherit the Wind," "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," dies at the age of 87 in Los Angeles, Calif., after contracting pneumonia. Kramer also produced such movies "High Noon," "The Wild One" and "The Caine Mutiny." He was nominated for Academy Awards nine times as either producer or director, but never won. However, the movies he worked on won 16 Oscars out of 80 total nominations.
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