December 16

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

Queen Catherine by Lucas Hornebolte

Queen Catherine by Lucas Hornebolte (source)

1485Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England as wife of Henry VIII (d. 1536)

1717 – Elizabeth Carter, English poet (d. 1806)

1775 – Jane Austen, English author, one of the most widely read authors in English literature; known for Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Emma published before her death; Northanger Abby and Persuasion were published posthumously. (d. 1817)

1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, English author and playwright (d. 1855)

1843 – Josephine Shaw Lowell, American Progressive reform leader, created the New York Consumers League in 1890 (d. 1905)

1844 – Fanny Garrison Villard, suffragist, co-founder of the NAACP, daughter of publisher and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (d. 1928)

1867 – Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary and author, founded an orphanage and mission in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)

1901 – Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist (d. 1978)

1907 – Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (d. 2011)

1916 – Birgitta Valberg, Swedish actress

1917 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, American educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide

1918 – Vida Hope, British film actress (d. 1963)

1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress

1941 – Lesley Stahl, American journalist

Deaths

999 – Adelaide of Italy, Holy Roman Empress (b. 931)

1928 – Elinor Wylie, American poet and author (b. 1885)

1935 – Thelma Todd, American actress (b. 1905)

1944 – Betsie ten Boom, Dutch holocaust victim, sister of Corrie ten Boom and a character in Corrie’s book “The Hiding Place” (b. 1885)

1956 – Nina Hamnett, Welsh painter and author (b. 1890)

1963 – Nam Phuong, Empress of Vietnam as wife of Bao Dai (b. 1914)

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Empress Nam Phuong on her wedding day in 1934

Empress Nam Phuong on her wedding day in 1934 (source)

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