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Happy birthday, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first lady of firsts

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Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first-born child of Hugh and Dorothy Rodham. She was born on October 26, 1947, and turns 70 in 2017.

In 1969, she became the first student in the history of Wellesley College to deliver a commencement address.

In 1973, she declined William Jefferson Clinton's first proposal of marriage. She accepted a later proposal, eventually making her the first lady of Arkansas and later, of the United States.

In 1993, she became the first first lady to have earned a postgraduate degree and to have a office in the White House's West Wing. (All previous first ladies worked out of the East Wing.)

In 1997, she became the first first lady to win a Grammy (Best Spoken Word Album for her recording of her first book, "It Takes a Village").

In 1998, she became the first first lady to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

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In 2000, she became the first first lady to be a candidate for elected office.

Also in 2000, she became the first first lady to march in a gay pride parade.

In 2001, after he swearing in as a U.S. senator from New York, she became the first first lady to have held elected office.

In 2007, she became the first first lady to run for president.

In 2008, she became the first woman to win a presidential primary election. She narrowly defeated Barack Obama in New Hampshire.

In 2009, after her Senate confirmation, she became the first first lady to serve as Secretary of State and the first first lady to serve in the U.S. Cabinet. During her tenure, she became the first Secretary of State to travel to 112 countries, a record.

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In 2013, upon leaving the State Department, she became a private citizen for the first time in 30 years.

In 2015, she was named "Most Admired Woman" by voters in Gallup's annual poll for the 20th time, a record.

In 2016, she won the first primary contest for president and became the first woman to ever win the Iowa Caucuses.

Later in 2016, she became the first woman to be nominated for U.S. President by a major political party.

On November 8, 2016, she was the first runner-up in the contest for President of the United States, even though she'd won the popular vote by nearly 3 million -- becoming not the first, but the fifth candidate to do so.

On her 70th birthday, let us be the first to wish HRC an HBD.

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