1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patented the phonograph.
1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1945 – During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
1963 – The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of its troops in Cuba.
1981 – George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” between his song, “My Sweet Lord” and the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine”.
1985 – Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland, playing 30 cities in 30 days.
1985 – Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.
1986 – The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station. (Image: wikipedia.org of Mir in orbit)
2008 – Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.