On January 12, 1915. The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote by a margin of 204 to 174. For decades prior to this, suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony had been campaigning for women's rights. Ironically, some of the opposition to their cause was upper-class women who felt that they were 'the voice behind their men' anyway; they thought that giving women the vote would only weaken their power. Some opposition came from men who assumed that if women were given the vote, the first thing they would try to do would be to close down the saloons. (Hey, come on guys, not all women were like Carrie Nation*). After WW I, the tide turned as did public opinion. On August 15, 1920 the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified and became law throughout the United States.
Also on Jan. 12: 1998 nineteen European countries signed an agreement to ban human cloning. This came after the successful cloning of Dolly. (Dolly (5 July 1996 – 14 February 2003) was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.