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On this day: February 19

POSTED: 7:31 PM Feb 18 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Feb 19 2015

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 - Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
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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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