December 20

Events in Women’s History

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 during a visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 during a visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (source)

2007 – Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Births

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, 1910, Library of Congress

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman c. 1910, Library of Congress (source)

1861 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)

1865 – Elsie de Wolfe, American actress and interior decorator (d. 1950)

1886 – Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player, founded the Wightman Cup (d. 1974)

1890 – Yvonne Arnaud, French-English actress and singer (d. 1958)

1895 – Susanne Langer, American philosopher (d. 1985)

1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress (d. 1990)

1911 – Hortense Calisher, American author (d. 2009)

1918 – Audrey Totter, American actress

1922 – Beverly Pepper, American sculptor and painter

1924 – Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author, and broadcaster (d. 1980)

1931 – Mala Powers, American actress (d. 2007)

1939 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (d. 2012)

1954 – Sandra Cisneros, American author, best known for The House on Mango Street

Deaths

1022 – Elvira Mendes, Queen of León as wife of Alfonso V of León (b. 996)

1295  – Margaret of Provence, Queen of France as wife of Louis IX, daughter of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence, and Beatrice of Savoy (b. 1221)

1812 – Sacagawea, American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There is oral tradition that says her date of death was 1884. (b. 1788)

1938 – Annie Armstrong, American missionary (b. 1850)

1938 – Matilda Howell, American archer and Olympic gold medalist (b. 1859)

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Sacagawea by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, North Dakota State Capitol (source)

Sacagawea by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, North Dakota State Capitol, photo by Hans Andersen (source)

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