April 9

Events in Women’s History

Lady Margaret Beaufort, artist unknown (source)

Lady Margaret Beaufort, artist unknown (source)

1511 – St John’s College, Cambridge, England, receives its charter. It is founded according to the wishes and with money from the estate of Lady Margaret Beaufort.

1939Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of approximately 75,000, after being denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Countess Albertine Agnes of Nassau (source)

Countess Albertine Agnes of Nassau (source)

1634 – Countess Albertine Agnes of Nassau, regent for her son, Henry Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz, in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe (d. 1696)

1827 – Maria Susanna Cummins, American author; her first book, The Lamplighter, was her most successful, selling 40,000 copies in 8 weeks in 1854. (d. 1866)

1837 – Florence Smith Price, African-American classical composer, possibly the first black woman recognized as a symphonic composer in the United States; she left a large body of work, including compositions for orchestra, pianoforte and organ, chamber music, choral and solo vocal pieces and arrangements of spirituals.  (d. 1953)

1925 – Virginia Gibson, American actress, singer, and dancer, known for her roles in musical theater, co-hosted the ABC children’s documentary Discovery (d. 2013)

1929 – Sharan Rani Backliwal, Indian classical musician and scholar, known for her expertise on the sarod and her collection of over 300 15th to 19th century musical instruments (d. 2008)

1948 – Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, Indian actress and politician, recipient of many honors and awards for her acting, reelected to her seat in parliament in 2012


Helena Modjeska as Ophelia c. 1867 (source)

Helena Modjeska as Ophelia c. 1867 (source)

1768 – Sarah Fielding, English author, primarily of children’s literature, known for The Governess, or The Little Female Academy (b. 1710)

1909 – Helena Modjeska, Polish actress, known for Shakespearean and tragic roles; she later emigrated to the United States and continued her career there.  (b. 1840)

1944 – Yevgeniya Rudneva, Ukrainian navigator, Hero of the Soviet Union; she flew 645 night combat missions during WWII and was shot down during her last mission. (b. 1920)

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