... 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro was chosen as the Democratic nominee for Vice President, making her the 1st woman to run at the top of a major party's slate. In November the New York native and her running mate, U.S. Sen. Walter F. Mondale, received only 40.56% of the popular vote, and lost every state except his home of Minnesota. By a margin of 57%-42%, women voters preferred the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan-George H.W. Bush, reported Maureen Dowd at the time, adding: "All nine female challengers for the Senate lost their bids. And of 41 female challengers for the House, only two won, with the chance for a third in a Utah race still too close to call.'" In 1993 Ferraro led the United States' delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
... 1954, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-Minn.) was born in South St. Paul, Minn.