And on the 23rd day (of July 2010), Simon Cowell said “Let there be One Direction,” and the fans saw that it was good.

If that sounds blasphemous to you, you might want to avoid Twitter today as fans celebrate — to the minute — the second anniversary of the creation of British boy band One Direction.

If you have teen daughters you likely know that One Direction was formed from five solo candidates who didn’t make the cut for Britain’s “X-Factor” talent show. Pussycat Doll and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger suggested they team up and enter as a group, and the rest is history.