April 14

Events in Women’s History

1969 – Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress.


Anne Sullivan with Helen Keller in 1888, New England Historic Genealogical Society (source)

Anne Sullivan with Helen Keller in 1888, New England Historic Genealogical Society (source)

1818 – Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen consort of Hanover as wife of George V (d. 1909)

1840Isabella Stewart Gardner, American art collector, patron of the arts and philanthropist, founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (d. 1924)

1857 – Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Princess Henry of Battenburg as wife of Prince Henry, companion to her mother Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1944)

1866 – Anne Sullivan, American educator, known for being the teacher and companion of Helen Keller (d. 1936)

1897 – Claire Windsor, American silent film actress and painter (d. 1972)

1917 – Valerie Hobson, British actress (d. 1998)

1919 – Shamshad Begum, Indian singer, sang in a number of languages including Hindi, Tamil, and Punjabi, many for the film industry; her songs are still popular today. (d. 2013)

1926 – Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, known for both short stories and novels (d. 2013)

1926 – Liz Renay, American actress and author, known as the girlfriend of mobster Mickey Cohen (d. 2007)

1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, recipient of many awards and honors including four Grammy awards, seven American Music Awards and twelve Academy of Country Music awards


Tatyana Ehrenfest c. 1910 (source)

Tatyana Ehrenfest c. 1910 (source)

1935Emmy Noether, German mathematician; her work provided the basis for much of Einstein’s work on relativity. (b. 1882)

1964 Tatiana Ehrenfest-Afanaseva, Russian-Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)

1964 – Rachel Carson, American biologist and author, known for her book The Silent Spring (b. 1907)

1969 – Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, Spanish film actress (b. 1900)

1986 – Simone de Beauvoir, French philosopher, author, feminist and political activist, known for the treatise The Second Sex and novels She Came to Stay and The Mandarins (b. 1908)

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