December 22, 2001 A cat named CC, or Carbon Copy (pictured), is born at Texas A&M University, making her the world’s first cloned domestic animal. Cloning had been achieved before with goats, pigs and mice but never for a pet. The controversial practice was developed for people who missed their deceased animal and wanted a replacement. The first commercially cloned pet, a cat called Little Nicky, was sold to a Texas woman for $50,000 in 2004. In September ,2006, Carbon Copy gave birth to three kittens who were fathered naturally.
Also on December 22: Start of the Dreyfus Affair in France (1894); Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen uses an X-ray for the first time (1895); a 70 mph speed limit is introduced in the UK for the first time (1965); the US military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy on banning homosexuals is repealed (2010).
Born on December 22: Jean Racine (1639), Giacomo Puccini (1858), Edgard Varèse (1883), Maurice and Robin Gibb (1949), Bernd Schuster (1959), Ralph Fiennes (1962), Vanessa Paradis (1972).