On this day: February 19

POSTED: 04:31 PM PST Feb 18, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 18, 2014 

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 - Maurice Garin
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1957: French cyclist Maurice Garin, the winner of the first Tour de France bicycle race in 1903, dies at age 85 in Lens or Haute-Savoie, France. Garin, who's seen here right of center with his arms crossed, also won the second Tour de France, but was stripped of his title, along with eight others, for cheating.

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