August 29

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!


Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony by Georg Desmarées (source)

Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony by Georg Desmarées (source)

1728Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Electress of Bavaria as wife of Maximilian III Joseph, negotiated with Frederick II of Prussia to ensure Bavaria’s independence against Austria (d. 1797)

1815 – Anna Ella Carroll, American author, politician and lobbyist, advisor to the Lincoln cabinet during the Civil War (d. 1894)

1824 – Eliza Allen Starr, American artist, art critic and educator, known for her books about Catholic art (d. 1901)

1871 – Florine Stettheimer, American painter, designer and poet; she hosted a salon in Manhattan where she exhibited her work; her sister published a book of her poetry, Crystal Flowers, posthumously in 1949. (d. 1944)

1880 – Elisabeth Irwin, American educator, psychologist and reformer, founder of the Little Red School House, a progressive school in New York City (d. 1942)

1915 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress, recipient of three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and a Tony Award, ranked the 4th greatest female star in American film by the American Film Institute (d. 1982)

1917 – Isabel Sanford, American actress, first African American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, known for her role as Louise “Weezy” Jefferson in television sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons (d. 2004)

1924 – María Dolores Pradera, Spanish singer and actress, known primarily for Spanish and Latin American music

1924 – Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican concert pianist and songwriter, lyricist of many popular songs including Bésame mucho an international hit (d. 2005)

1924 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist, known primarily for jazz but sang a wide repertoire, considered by some “the most popular black female recording artist of the 50s”, inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (d. 1963)

1926 – Helene Ahrweiler, Greek historian and university professor, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Greece, named one of the 100 greatest Greeks of all time, member of the British Academy, the Academy of Athens, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and an associated member of the Royal Academy of Belgium

1933 – Jehan Sadat, teacher and former First Lady of Egypt as wife of Anwar Sadat, instrumental in reforming Egypt’s civil rights laws and laws giving rights to women, involved in the Talla Society, the Egyptian Society for Cancer Patients and SOS Children’s Villages, headed the Egyptian delegation to UN International Women’s Conferences

1945 – Wyomia Tyus, American athlete and Olympic medalist, won gold medals for the 100 meter race in both the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, inductee of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame; in 1964, she tied Wilma Rudolph’s world record.


1856 – Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British author, known for non-fiction including a compilation of writings from Port-Royal-des-Champs, an abbey of Cistercian nuns, and a history of the Moravians (b. 1778)

1935 – Astrid of Sweden, Queen consort of Belgium as wife of Leopold III, mother of Albert II of Belgium and grandmother of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1905)

1958 – Marjorie Flack, American children’s author, known for The Story about Ping, Ask the Dust, and Boats on the River which won a Caldecott Award (b. 1897)

1979 – Gertrude Chandler Warner, American author, known for the children’s book The Boxcar Children (b. 1890)

1982 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress, recipient of three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and a Tony Award, ranked the 4th greatest female star in American film by the American Film Institute; she died on her 67th birthday. (b. 1915)

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Princess Astrid of Sweden, 1926

Princess Astrid of Sweden, 1926 (source)


2 thoughts on “August 29

  1. I think you mean 1982 for Ingrid’s death, not 1892. Thank you so much for this information and all the work that you put into it! There’s not enough information easily available about WOMEN. Mahalo nui loa! Mille Grazie!

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