February 22 1909 – The Great White Fleet Returns from a Journey Around the World

February 22 1909 – The Great White Fleet Returns from a Journey Around the WorldRate this post In the early years of the 20th century, Teddy Roosevelt, the President of the United States and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, sought to raise the military profile of his nation. Near the end of his time in office, he had an idea: send US ships out on a worldwide expedition. Following 14-months at sea with stops on every continent but Antarctica, the Great White Fleet — so named for its trademark “peacetime white” paint scheme — arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia on February 22, 1909. A little more than ten years […]

February 22 1371 – Robert II becomes King of Scotland

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February 22 1371 – Robert II becomes King of ScotlandRate this post On February, 22, 1371, Robert II became King of Scotland and the first Stuart king. Robert II was born in 1316 to the 6th High Steward of Scotland, Walter Stewart, and to Marjorie Bruce. Marjorie was the daughter of Robert the Bruce (Robert I), the King of Scotland, who had secured Scottish independence from England and his first wife Isabella of Mar. Robert II became the King of Scots in 1371 and reigned to his death in 1390. He took on the last name ‘Stewart’ thus establishing the House of Stewart (Gallicized to House of Stuart). The Stuart […]

February 22, 1997 – Birth of Dolly the sheep announced

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February 22, 1997 – Birth of Dolly the sheep announcedRate this post On February 22, 1997, scientists in Scotland announced the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first successfully cloned mammal. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996, but her birth was revealed in February 1997 and raised controversy. However, its supporters heralded Dolly’s birth as one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs. Dolly was created at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh from an adult cell and was named after singer and actress Dolly Parton. Dolly, who was mated to another sheep David, gave birth to four lambs. By January 2002, Dolly began to have complication such as […]