April 12

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!

Births

Princess Viktoria of Prussia c. 1908 (source)

Princess Viktoria of Prussia c. 1908 (source)

1866 – Princess Viktoria of Prussia (d. 1929)

1883 – Imogen Cunningham, American photographer, known for botanical photos, nudes and industrial landscapes (d. 1976)

1898 – Lily Pons, French-born American operatic soprano, actress and concert singer, specialized in coloratura roles (d. 1976)

1908 – Ida Pollock, English author of short stories and romance novels; she has had a 90 year career writing under ten pseudonyms and has sold millions of books

1916 – Beverly Cleary, American author primarily of children’s books, recipient of the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal

1917 – Helen Forrest, American big band singer, the “girl singe” for several popular bands including Benny Goodman and Harry James (d. 1999)

1923 – Ann Miller, stage name for Johnnie Lucille Collier, American actress, singer, and dancer, primarily known for musical films in the 1940s and 50s (d. 2004)

1929 – Elspet Gray, Scottish actress (d. 2013)

1933 – Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, best known for her bel canto roles, sang “Barcelona” with Freddie Mercury of Queen which later became the theme song for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona

Deaths

Clara Barton c. 1867, etching by John Sartain (source)

Clara Barton c. 1867, etching by John Sartain (source)

1555Joanna of Castile, Queen regnant of Castile and Aragon; after the death of her husband, Philip the Handsome, she became mentally ill and her father acted as regent followed by her son, until her death.  (b. 1479)

1912 – Clara Barton, American educator, nurse and humanitarian, founder of the American Red Cross; after the American Civil War, she ran the Office of Missing Soldiers and became involved in women’s suffrage and civil rights causes. (b. 1821)

1975 – Josephine Baker, American-born French dancer, singer, actress and civil rights activist, first African-American woman to star in a major film; she refused to perform for segregated audiences and became the first performer to integrate American concert halls. (b. 1906)

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2 thoughts on “April 12

  1. April 12, 2016 – Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument Day * – the NWP (National Woman’s Party), founded by Alice Paul, bought the Sewall House in 1929 as their Washington DC headquarters, renaming it the Alva Belmont House in honor of the NWP former president – on this day, U.S. President Barack Obama designates the establishment of the house as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, a unit of the National Park System

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