December 25

Events in Women’s History

1137 – Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine are crowned King and Queen of the Franks.

2002 – Katie Hnida becomes the first woman to play in a Division I-A college football game during the SEGA Sports Las Vega Bowl, although her extra point attempt was blocked. On August 30, 2003, she became the first woman to score in a Division I-A game playing for the New Mexico Lobos against Texas State University.


Christina of Saxony

Christina of Saxony (source)

1461 – Christina of Saxony, Queen consort of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden as wife of John (d. 1521)

1584 – Margaret of Austria, Queen consort of Spain and Portugal as wife of Philip III (d. 1611)

1667 – Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal, long-time mistress of George I of Great Britain (d. 1743)

1742 – Charlotte von Stein, German lady-in-waiting of Duchess Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (d. 1827)

1771 – Dorothy Wordsworth, English author and poet (d. 1855)

1776 – Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish author (d. 1859)

1806 – Martha Coffin Pelham Wright, American feminist, abolitionist, one of the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention and signatory of the Declaration of Sentiments (d. 1875)

1821 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (d. 1912)

1850 – Isabella Valency Crawford, Irish-born Canadian author and poet (d. 1887)

1865 – Fay Templeton, American actress and singer (d. 1939)

1865 – Evangeline Booth, English 4th General of the Salvation Army (d. 1950)

1870 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman (d. 1965)

1874 – Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)

1884 – Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (d. 1967)

1889 – Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher, philanthropist, co-founded Reader’s Digest, National Medal of Arts and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient,  (d. 1984)

1901 – Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (d. 2004)

1911 – Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor (d. 2010)

1929 – Christine M. Jones, American politician (d. 2013)

1932 – Mabel King, American actress (d. 1999)

1935 – Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, American politician, first black woman elected to the NC State Senate (d. 2007)

1936 – Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy of Kent


1824 – Barbara von Krüdener, German mystic and author (b. 1764)

1940 – Agnes Ayres, American actress (b. 1898)

1952 – Margrethe Mather, American photographer (b. 1886)

1979 – Joan Blondell, American actress (b. 1906)

1989 – Elena Ceaușescu, Romanian politician, Deputy Prime Minister, was executed with her husband Nicolae Ceausescu (b. 1916)

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Baroness von Krüdener with her son Paul, 1786, by Angelica Kauffman

Baroness von Krüdener with her son Paul, 1786, by Angelica Kauffman (source)

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