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Feb 12, when human embryo was first cloned

On this day in 2004, the human embryo was first cloned
By Associated Press, HindustanTimes.com | PTI
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2005 10:30 AM IST

Today is Saturday, February 12, the forty third day of 2005.
There are 322 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1554 - Lady Jane Grey, who claimed the throne of England for nine days, is beheaded after being charged with treason.
1577 - Don John of Austria, new Governor of the Netherlands, issues edict to settle civil war.

1610 - France's King Henry IV signs alliance with German Protestant Union.
1689 - Declaration of Rights in England, in which William and Mary are proclaimed King and Queen for life.

1733 - James Oglethorpe and a group of unemployed and newly freed British debtors land in Savannah, Georgia, as part of England's colonial expansion plan.
1736 - Nadir Shah becomes King of Persia.

1870 - Women in the Utah Territory gain the right to vote.
1885 - German East Africa Company is chartered.
1895 - Japanese forces score impressive victory at Wei-hai-wei in China.

1912 - Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicates, ending more than 2,000 years of imperial rule.
1953 - Britain and Egypt agree to end Anglo-Egyptian rule of Sudan and take steps toward granting self-rule.
1970 - Israeli air raid on scrap metal plant in Egypt kills 70 civilians.
1973 -The first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict takes place after American and Vietnamese representatives meet in Paris and sign an agreement in January.
1974 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Soviet Nobel Prize winner, is arrested at his Moscow apartment and is exiled the following day.
1990 - At least 18 die in ethnic rioting in Dushanbe, capital of Soviet republic of Tajikistan.
1994 - Norwegian Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is stolen from a museum in Oslo. It is recovered three months later in a police sting operation.
1995 - Zairian soldiers begin to police Rwandan refugee camps in Zaire as part of a UN peacekeeping operation.
1996 - More than 300 cars pile up on a fog-shrouded highway in northern Italy, killing at least 11 people and injuring hundreds. 
 1999 - U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the Senate in an impeachment trial stemming from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

2000 - "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz dies at 77 following a battle with colon cancer, just as the last original cartoon of his half-century career was being published in newspapers worldwide.
2002 - Pakistani authorities arrest Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-born Islamic militant, as the prime suspect in the January kidnapping of Daniel Pearl, a U.S. reporter for the Wall Street Journal newspaper.
2003 - At least 30 people died and 160 others were injured in riots in La Paz, Bolivia, as striking police officers and protesters clashed with the military.
2004 - Researchers at South Korea's Seoul National University become the first to successfully clone a human embryo, and then cull from it master stem cells that many doctors consider key to one day creating customized cures for diabetes, Parkinson's and other diseases.

Today's Birthdays:
Charles Darwin, English scientist (1809-1882)
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president (1809-1865)
Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director (1923--)
Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (1950--)
Christina Ricci, U.S. actress (1980--)

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