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MADAME VICE PRESIDENT

On July 12, 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.  Although she and presidential candidate Walter Mondale lost the  election, the official nomination of Ferraro went down in history as an overwhelmingly emotional development in the women’s liberation movement.

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THAT ’70S SHOW

On July 12, 1978: Topher Grace was born in New York City, best known as the character ‘Eric Forman’ on the sitcom That ’70s Show, as well as for his roles in Spider-Man 3 and Traffic. He also appeared in 2012’s Broadway play Lonely I’m Not.

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OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

On July 12, 1895: Librettist, theatrical producer, and musical director Oscar Hammerstein II was born. Hammerstein gained celebrity from his collaborations with Richard Rogers. Over the course of his incredibly triumphant career, Hammerstein won eight Tonys in addition to two Academy Awards for Best Original Song.

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