August 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!

Births

Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz from a postcard by Gustav Liersch, Berlin (source)

Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz from a postcard by Gustav Liersch, Berlin (source)

1860 – Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria as the second wife of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria; she worked as a nurse during the Balkan and First World Wars, for which she was said to have a special gift for relieving suffering. (d. 1917)

1861 – Mary Elizabeth Wood, librarian and missionary to China, credited as the founder of the first library school in China (d. 1931)

1868 – Maud Powell, American violinist, first American violinist to achieve international rank; she was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously on January 25, 2014. (d. 1920)

1893 – Dorothy Parker, American poet , author, screenwriter and critic, known for her satirical wit, recipient of two Academy Award nominations and the O. Henry Award (d. 1967)

1918 – Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on the Watergate scandal, known for writing “daily hate Nixon articles” (d. 2004)

1921 – Sotiria Bellou, Greek singer and performer, known for rebetiko style music, ranked 22nd top-certified female artist in Greek’s phonographic era by Alpha TV in 2010 (d. 1997)

1922 – Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American costume and stage designer, recipient of three Tony Awards, 11 other Tony nominations and the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award among other honors (d. 2011)

1935 – Annie Proulx, American journalist and author, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the US National Book Award for her novel The Shipping News and the PEN/Faulkner Award for the novel Postcards; her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an award winning film in 2005.

Deaths

1358 – Isabella of France, Queen of England as wife of Edward II; with Roger Mortimer, she deposed Edward II and become regent for her son Edward III; her son later deposed and had Mortimer executed, but allowed his mother to live in style away from court. (b. 1295)

1664 – Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer and author, known for her book Urania propitia, published in both German and Latin, considered one of the most notable female astronomers of the modern era (b. 1610)

1904 – Kate Chopin, American author, known for short story collections and the novels At Fault and The Awakening (b. 1850)

1942 – Alice Duer Miller, American author and poet, suffragist, known for satirical poems published as the collection Are Women People? and the novel Come Out of the Kitchen (b. 1874)

1965 – Ellen Church, American nurse, pilot and flight attendant; although a pilot and registered nurse Boeing Air Transport wouldn’t hire her until at her suggestion she became the first female flight attendant. (b. 1904)

1961 – Ida Siekmann, the first person to die attempting to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1902)

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Isabella depicted with her family: father Philip IV in the center, brothers Charles, Philip, Louis and uncle Charles of Valois

Isabella depicted with her family: father Philip IV in the center, brothers Charles, Philip, Louis and uncle Charles of Valois (source)

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