December 19

Events in Women’s History

Anne of Brittany c. 1505, by Jean Bourdichon

Anne of Brittany c. 1505, by Jean Bourdichon (source)

1490Anne, Duchess of Brittany, is married to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor by proxy. This is considered an affront to the French and Charles VIII leads an army to lay siege to Rennes. When Maximilian doesn’t come to Anne’s rescue, Rennes fell to the French and Anne had to marry Charles VIII.

Births

Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quendlinburg, c. 1625, artist unknown

Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quendlinburg, c. 1625, artist unknown (source)

1587 – Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg (d. 1645)

1778 – Marie Thérèse of France, Duchess of Angoulême, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (d. 1851)

1820 – Mary Livermore, American journalist and activist (d. 1905)

1829 – Jane Cunningham Croly, American author and journalist, better known as Jennie June (d. 1901)

1836 – Maria Louise Sanford, American educator, professor of history at Swarthmore College from 1871 to 1880, one of the first women professors in the country (d. 1920)

1868 – Eleanor H. Porter, American author (d. 1920)

1906 – Esther Peterson, American consumer and women’s advocate, Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs, Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs (d. 1997)

1915 – Édith Piaf, French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1963)

1916 – Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, German political scientist (d. 2010)

1928 – Eve Bunting, Irish author

1933 – Cicely Tyson, American actress

1935 – Joanne Weaver, American baseball player (d. 2000)

Deaths

1327 – Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy (b. 1260)

1637 – Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, served as regent with her daughter-in-law for her grandson Fernando II (b. 1565)

1751 – Louise of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark and Norway as wife of Frederick V (b. 1724)

1848 – Emily Brontë, English author of Wuthering Heights (b. 1818)

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Emily Brontë by her brother Branwell Brontë

Emily Brontë by her brother Branwell Brontë (source)

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