On this day: February 19

Published On: Feb 18 2013 07:31:49 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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2014: Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins the 13th Winter Olympics medal of his career, breaking the record set by retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, who won 12 medals from 1992 through 1998. Bjoerndalen earned the medal as part of the gold-medal winning Norwegian team in the biathlon mixed relay, his second medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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