On this day: August 26

Published On: Aug 19 2013 01:02:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Major-league baseball makes its television debut, The Beatles release "Hey Jude," women stage a nationwide strike for equality, and aviation hero Charles Lindbergh dies, all on this day.

OTD August 26 - Geraldine Ferraro
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1935: Geraldine Ferraro, who became the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket in 1984 as Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale's running mate, is born in Newburgh, New York. Ferraro was a three-term congresswoman from Queens, New York, when Mondale chose her to join his ticket against incumbent President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush. Ferraro also ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and 1998, both times losing in the primary election, and served as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1993 to 1996 in President Bill Clinton's administration. She died at age 75 on March 26, 2011, while being treated for complications of blood cancer.

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