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What happened on the second day of the Democratic National Convention:

• Former president Bill Clinton sought to humanize his wife with a personal, folksy account of his wife's lifetime of public service.

Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and will be the first woman to lead a major-party ticket. In a show of unity as a member of Vermont's delegation, Bernie Sanders moved that "Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."

• Many speakers celebrated the history making fact of a woman nominee, and Hillary Clinton appeared at the end of the night via video to say to little girls, "I may be the first woman president. But you're next."

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Off DNC stage, Gabrielle Giffords, John Lewis and others share personal stories about gun violence

Democrats in Philadelphia today addressed the shootings in San Bernardino, Dallas and Orlando, Fla., ahead of speaking about gun violence on the Democratic National Convention stage.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy and other Democrats joined families of gun violence victims and advocates of gun safety at a small rally on Tuesday.

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed in the Isla Vista, Calif., shooting in 2014, addressed the audience before Giffords led everyone in a chant of "fight, fight, fight."

Civil rights activist Lewis, who led House Democrats in a sit-in over gun regulations last month, spoke directly to Giffords and told the crowd that he was "sick and tired of gun violence." Giffords was shot in the head during a 2011 attack that killed six people and wounded 13.

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