April 22

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!


Germaine de Staël c. 1810 by François Gérard (source)

Germaine de Staël c. 1810 by François Gérard (source)

1451 – Isabella I, Queen of Castile and León (d. 1504)

1766Germaine de Staël, French author, known as an opponent of Napoleon (d. 1817)

1860 – Ada Rehan, American stage actress (d. 1916)

1868 – Marie Valerie, Archduchess and Princess of Austria, Princess Marie Valerie of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany, last child of Francis Joseph of Austria and Elisabeth of Bavaria “Sisi”  (d. 1924)

1872 – Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse as wife of Prince Frederick Charles (d. 1954)

1873 – Ellen Glasgow, American author, known for writing about the changing South after the Civil War, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for her novel In This Our Life (d. 1945)

1891 – Laura Gilpin, American photographer, known for southwestern landscapes and photos of Navajo and Pueblo people (d. 1979)

1909Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist and member of the Italian Senate, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 and the National Medal of Science in 1987 (d. 2012)

1912 – Kathleen Ferrier, English singer, contralto with an international reputation, repertoire including folksongs, ballads and classical works (d. 1953)

1916 – Kanan Devi, Indian actress and singer, considered the first star of BEngali Cinema (d. 1992)

1926 – Charlotte Rae, American actress, comedian and singer, known for the role of Edna Garrett in the television shows Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life

1940 – Marie-José Nat, French film and television actress

1943 – Janet Evanovich, American author

1943 – Louise Glück, American poet, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003


Käthe Kollwitz, artist unknown, New York Public Library (source)

Käthe Kollwitz, artist unknown, New York Public Library (source)

1945 – Käthe Kollwitz, German painter and sculptor, known for her portrayal of the human condition, war, poverty and hunger (b. 1867)

1987 – Erika Nõva, Estonian architect, first woman to receive a degree in architecture in Estonia, known for farmhouse designs (b. 1905)

1995 – Jane Kenyon, American poet, translator and author, poet laureate of New Hampshire when she died (b. 1947)

1995 – Maggie Kuhn, American activist, founded the Gray Panthers (b. 1905)

1996 – Erma Bombeck, American columnist, humorist and author; her columns were syndicated to roughly 900 newspapers in the United States and Canada during the 1970s (b. 1927)

2003 – Felice Bryant, American songwriter; she teamed with her husband to produce such titles as “Rocky Top”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Bye, Bye Love.” (b. 1925)

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  1. From This Day in Aviation: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/22-april-1961/

    22 April 1961: Jackie Cochran set 18 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) records in one day flying a Lockheed L-1329 JetStar, construction number 5003, FAA registration N172L, and named The Scarlett O’Hara. The route of her flight was New Orleans–Boston–Gander–Shannon–London–Paris–Bonn, with refueling stops at Gander and Shannon.

    According to the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, Jackie Cochran “…set more speed and altitude records than any other pilot.”

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