April 13

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!


Christina of Holstein-Gottorp c. 1610, artist unknown (source)

Christina of Holstein-Gottorp c. 1610, artist unknown (source)

1519 – Catherine de’ Medici, Queen consort of France as wife of Henry II, three of her sons also became king of France (d. 1589)

1573Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Sweden as wife of Charles IX, served as regent for her two sons (d. 1625)

1854 – Lucy Craft Laney, American educator, founder and principal of Haines Normal and Industrial School, the first school in Augusta, Georgia, US for black children (d. 1933)

1886 – Ethel Leginska, British pianist, composer, conductor and educator (d. 1970)

1893 – Nella Larsen, American nurse, librarian and novelist, associated with the Harlem Renaissance, known for the novels Quicksand and Passing (d. 1964)

1902 – Marguerite Henry, American author of children’s books about animals, recipient of the Newbery Medal (d. 1997)

1909 – Eudora Welty, American author, known for short stories and novels about the American South, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom among other honors (d. 2001)

1916 – Phyllis Fraser, American actress, journalist, and publisher, co-founder of Beginner Books (d. 2006)

1919 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair, American activist, founder and president of American Atheists (d. 1995)


Annie Jump Cannon c. 1922, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper (source)

Annie Jump Cannon c. 1922, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper (source)

1941 – Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer, known for cataloging and contribution to the development of stellar classification (b. 1863)

1944 – Cécile Chaminade, French pianist and composer (b. 1857)

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2 thoughts on “April 13

  1. April 13, 1933 – Ruth Bryan Owen becomes the first woman to represent the U.S. as a foreign minister when she is appointed as envoy to Denmark

  2. From This Day in Aviation

    13 April 1931: Ruth Rowland Nichols set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Speed Record of 338.99 kilometers per hour (210.64 miles per hour) over a 3 kilometer course at Carlton, Minnesota.¹

    Nichols’ airplane was a 1928 Lockheed Model 5 Vega Special, serial number 619, registered NR496M, and owned by Powell Crosley, Jr. He had named the airplane The New Cincinnati.

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