April 29

Events in Women’s History

 Joan of Arc at the Siege of Orléans by Jules Eugène Lenepveu (source)

Joan of Arc at the Siege of Orléans by Jules Eugène Lenepveu (source)

1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

2011 – Kate Middleton marries Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.


Zewditu I, Empress of Ethiopia (source)

Zewditu I, Empress of Ethiopia (source)

1863 – Maria Teresia Ledóchowska, Polish nun and missionary, founder of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver who serve in Africa, beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on  October 19, 1975 (d. 1922)

1868 – Alice Keppel, British socialite and hostess, known as the long-time mistress of King Edward VII (d. 1947)

1876 – Zewditu I, Empress of Ethopia, first internationally recognized female head of state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries (d. 1930)

1899 – Mary Petty, American illustrator, known for her covers done for The New Yorker (d. 1976)

1917 – Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, Ukrainian-American director, author, poet, lecturer, filmmaker, and photographer (d. 1961)

1924 – Zizi Jeanmaire, French ballet dancer and actress

1932 – Joy Clements, American lyric coloratura soprano (d. 2005)

1942 – Galina Kulakova, Russian skier, Olympic medalist and world champion

1944 – Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, sister of reigning queens, Margrethe II of Denmark and Anne-Marie of Greece


1380 – Catherine of Siena, Italian philosopher, theologian, and tertiary of the Dominican Order, patron saint of Italy and Europe, canonized in the Roman Catholic Church in 1461 (b. 1347)

1827 – Deborah Sampson Gannett, American woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the American Revolution as Robert Shurtlieff (b. 1760)

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St. Catherine of Siena, artist unknown (source)

St. Catherine of Siena, artist unknown (source)

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