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By On This Day in NYC's History

A FOREIGN FEATURE FLICK WAS RELEASED

On July 12th, 1912: Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth, a short four-reel French silent film, became the first foreign feature flick shown in the America. Famous Players Film Company’s first release, Les Amours was a hit, and convinced other American production companies that feature films were viable commercial ventures.

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GERALDINE FERRARO BECAME THE FIRST FEMALE MAJOR PARTY VP CANDIDATE

On July 12th, 1984: NYC bred former attorney, politician, and House representative Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman in history to be selected as a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. When Walter Mondale, the Democratic Presidential nominee, selected her as his running mate, and overjoyed Ferraro–whose nomination had been pushed by the National Organization for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus–announced, “I am absolutely thrilled.” Although she and Mondale lost the November election to Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the July 19 official nomination of Ferraro–who was not only the first woman to be nominated for the VP seat, but also the first Italian American–at the DNC goes down in history as an overwhelmingly emotional development in the women’s liberation movement.

BORN ON THIS DAY: OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

On July 12th, 1895: Librettist, theatrical producer and musical director Oscar Hammerstein II was born. Hammerstein gained celebrity from his collaborations with Richard Rogers with whom he created the legendary musical writing team referred to as Rogers and Hammerstein. Over the course of his incredibly triumphant career, Hammerstein won eight Tonys–six for lyrics or book and two for producer of the Best Musical–in addition to two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Our personal favorite of his collaborations with Rogers is by far the ageless The Sound of Music.

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