22nd February
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1997 Dolly, The First Mammal To Be Cloned, Is Revealed To The World

Scientists in Edinburgh, Scotland, announce to the world's press that they have cloned the first mammal from an adult cell, a sheep, which they named Dolly. Dolly was actually born on 5th July 1996 at the Roslin Institute. Earlier clonings had been successful from embryo cells.

DNA tests confirm that Dolly is identical to the ewe who donated the udder cell and is unrelated to the surrogate mother.

Embryologist Dr Ian Wilmut, from the Roslin Institute, heralded the controversial development:

"It will enable us to study genetic diseases for which there is presently no cure and track down the mechanisms that are involved."

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1980 US Hockey Team Defeats 4 Time Champions USSR

Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York, semifinal ice hockey: This remarkable 4-3 victory was achieved by a young, underdog, US hockey team, with an average age of 22 years, mostly college players. The Soviet team they beat was widely regarded as the best in the world who had won gold in the four previous games, and who had not lost a game in the Olympics since 1968.

The US team would take gold medals after defeating Finland 4-2 in the final.

The US victory was even more impressive as, in an exhibition game earlier in the year, the Soviets had beaten them 10-3.

The game was to be nicknamed 'Miracle on Ice'.

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1924 US President Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio address from the White House.

1950 Disney's animated feature Cinderella opens

1959 Lee Petty, in a 1959 Oldsmobile 88, wins the inaugural Daytona 500 motor race at the new International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1994 Double agent Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to the USSR.

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