On this day:
2008: Fidel Castro steps down as Cuba’s president after being in power for 49 years.
1945: U.S. troops land on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima
1878: Thomas Edison patents the phonograph, the first machine able to reproduce the recorded sound.
Born on this day:
1953: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: Argentinian politician, 55th President of Argentina 1473: Nicolaus Copernicus: Polish mathematician, astronomer
Gone on this day:
1997: Deng Xiaoping: Chinese politician, diplomat