Events in Women’s History
1930 – The reign of Zewditu I, Empress of Ethiopia comes to an end with her death. The cause of her death is still questioned.
1991 – Rita Johnston succeeds William Vander Zalm as Premier of British Columbia. Although she didn’t win reelection in her own right, she was the first female Premier of a Canadian province.
1545 – Elisabeth of Valois, Queen consort of Spain as wife of Philip II (d. 1568)
1647 – Maria Sibylla Merian, German-Dutch naturalist, botanist and botanical illustrator (d. 1717)
1788 – Wilhelmine Reichard, German balloonist, first German woman to fly solo in a balloon (d. 1848)
1881 – Clara Driscoll, American philanthropist and historic preservationist, donated money to preserve the Alamo Mission in San Antonio (d. 1945)
1923 – Gloria Henry, American actress, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell in the CBS sticom Dennis the Menace
1939 – Lise Thibault, Canadian politician, educator and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, first female viceroy for Quebec, first disabled lieutenant governor in Canada
1902 – Esther Hobart Morris, First female Justice of the Peace in the United States, appointed when the previous justice resigned over passage of women’s suffrage in the Wyoming Territory (d. 1902)
1930 – Zewditu I, Empress of Ethopia, first internationally recognized female head of state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries (b. 1876)