August 2

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History for today. If you know of any, please leave a comment below so that I can add them. Thank you!


Queen Emma with William III

Queen Emma with William III (source)

1612 – Saskia van Uylenburgh, Dutch model; she frequently posed for her husband Rembrandt van Rijn. (d. 1642)

1858 – Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands as wife of William III. (d. 1934)

1878 – Aino Kallas, Finnish-Estonian author and diarist, wrote in Finnish and English often about Estonian subjects; her work is considered some of the finest Finnish literature. (d. 1956)

1878 – Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Duchess of Västergötland, maternal grandmother of Harald V of Norway and Albert II of Belgium (d. 1958)

1896 – Sarah Tilghman Hughes, American lawyer and federal judge, known for swearing in the Lyndon Johnson as President of the United States after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the only woman to have performed this duty (d. 1985)

1902 – Helen Morgan, American stage and film actress and singer, known as a torch singer of the 1920s, starred in the original Broadway production of Showboat (d. 1941)

1905 – Myrna Loy, American film, stage and television actress (d. 1993)

1907 – Mary Hamman, American writer and editor, associated with Good Housekeeping, Mademoiselle, and LIFE magazines (d. 1984)

1909 – Wu Yin, Chinese film and stage actress, known for playing roles of older women, chosen as one of the 100 best actors of the 100 years of Chinese cinema, “First Old Lady” of Chinese cinema (d. 1991)

1914 – Beatrice Straight, American actress; she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for a 5 minute and 40 second role in the movie Network, the shortest performance to win such an award. (d. 2001)

1941 – Doris Coley, American singer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (The Shirelles) (d. 2000)

1942 – Isabel Allende, Chilean author, known for books in the “magic realist” tradition such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts, one of the most widely read Spanish-language authors, inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize


Yolande of Dreux (source)

Yolande of Dreux (source)

1312 – Yolande of Dreux, Countess of Montfort, Queen consort of Scotland as wife of Alexander III, Duchess consort of Brittany as wife of Arthur II (b. 1263)

1890 – Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (b. 1813)

1943 – Marika Papagika, Greek singer, one of the first women to record Greek music (b. 1890)

1972 – Helen Hoyt, American poet and editor, edited the journals Poetry and Others: A Magazine of the New Verse, published her own collections and appeared in a number of anthologies (b. 1887)

1998 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, television host and puppeteer, known for the puppet Lamb Chop (b. 1933)

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  1. August 2, 1343 – Jean de Clisson’s husband is executed for treason without proof being presented. She sells her holdings, buys three warships, outfits them with black hulls and crimson sails, and becomes “The Lioness of Brittany,” ferocious pirate captain of the Black Fleet, seeking revenge against French King Phillip VI and the French nobles she blames for her spouse’s death. She personally beheaded with an ax any French noble aboard a captured vessel

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