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