On this day:

2003: Dolly the sheep is put to death Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult, had shown signs of premature ageing and contracted various diseases.

1949: The Knesset, the parliament of Israel, convenes for the first time

1876: The telephone is patented Both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied for a patent on that day – Bell won.

Born on this day:

1942: Michael Bloomberg: American businessman, politician, 108th Mayor of New York City

Gone on this day:

1975 P. G. Wodehouse: English author 1779: James Cook: English navy officer, explorer, cartographer