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.
1924: Actor Lee Marvin, best known for his roles in movies such as "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Donovan's Reef," "The Killers," "Cat Ballou," "The Professionals" and "The Dirty Dozen," is born in New York City. Marvin won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1966 for his dual roles in "Cat Ballou." He died of a heart attack at age 63 on Aug. 29, 1987.
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