Posted: Feb 08, 2018 12:17 PM MST
Updated: Feb 08, 2018 12:17 PM MST
Rescuers reach the Donner Party, Edison patents the phonograph, and Fidel Castro resigns as Cuban president, all on this day.
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Jefferson Davis becomes the president of the Confederacy, Pluto is discovered, the first Church of Scientology is formed, and Dale Earnhardt dies at the Daytona 500, all on this day.