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It was on this day, 13 July, in 1964 that the Republican National Convention opened in San Francisco. The eventual nominee would be Barry Goldwater of Arizona, who would go on to lose in a landslide to President Lyndon Johnson, but the convention stood out for a number of historic firsts. In the roll call for the Presidential nomination, 5 votes were cast for US Senator Hiram Fong of Hawaii, marking the first time an Asian-American would receive votes for President and the name of Margaret Chase Smith was offered to the delegates for consideration, marking the first time the name of a woman was placed in nomination at a major Party convention.