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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 - Huaynaputina
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1600: The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

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