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!


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


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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