From sheep cloning to presidential birth, today ain't like no other! So before you get engulfed in the apocalyptic minefield that is Monday, here are today's 'Once upon a...' for February 22nd!
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On this day in 1997, Dolly the sheep was cloned. Born out of a Scottish Embryologist, Dr Ian Wilmut, the successful cloning triggered widespread moral and ethical debate, with animal rights activists in particular showing contempt for the cloning process. In the midst of Dolly's successful cloning, questions as to the creation of human life naturally arose, with the impact of Wilmut's work gaining attention from the then US President Bill Clinton. Indeed, Clinton went as far as to set up a special task force to delve deeper into the legal and ethical implications of cloning. Today, with stem cell research at the forefront of scientific development, we only have to look back as far as 1997 to trace some of the earlier steps into human biological discovery.
Marking a milestone
On this day in 2006, Apple's iTunes went on to sell its one billionth song. Today, with Apple Music attempting to break the hold of Spotify in creating its own paid subscriber network, the all-conquering music outlet shows no signs of letting up.
Air Balloon Adventure
Feet up on the table, February 22nd 1995 marked American globetrotter Steve Fossett's first day of normality after successfully flying across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. Despite being the first to do it, the Chicago-born stockbroker supposedly gave this, rather lukewarm victory speech upon crossing Canada: 'I've flown the Pacific. I'm over Canada.' Mind you, after sleeping rough in a balloon all the way from Korea, we should probably cut him some slack!
Stars and Stripes
Arguably the most important birthday in the U.S calendar, February 22nd 1732 marks the birthday of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Serving in office until two years before his death in 1979, Washington is credited with drafting the U.S constitution and is often referred to as the 'father' of the U.S.
Happy Birthday George.
And finally, an un-special mention goes to...
Famously the friend and close compatriot of intergalactic peace keeper E.T, Drew was born on this day in 1975. You go Drew!