December 6

Events in Women’s History

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, informally known as White Ribbon Day, is commemorated in Canada on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre) when Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murdered 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.


Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (source)

Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (source)

1685 – Princess Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy, Dauphine of France (d. 1712)

1803 – Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain as wife of Ferdinand VII (d. 1829)

1815 – Jane Cannon Swisshelm, American journalist, publisher, abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. She was fired from her government job in Wasington D.C. for publishing her criticism of President Andrew Johnson. (d. 1884)

1886 – Joyce Kilmer, American poet (d. 1918)

1887 – Lynn Fontanne, British-born actress, major stage and film star in the United States for over 40 years. (d. 1983)

1888 – Libbie Hyman, American zoologist and author, known for her six-volume treatise, The Invertebrates (d. 1969)

1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American radio, stage, film and television actress, known for her role as Endora on the television show Bewitched (d. 1974)

1904 – Ève Curie, French author, journalist and pianist, daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie (d. 2007)

1905 – Elizabeth Yates, American author (d. 2001)

1908 – Gertrud “Trudy” Späth-Schweizer, first woman to hold elective office in Switzerland. (d. 1990)

1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (d. 2004)

1916 – Yekaterina Budanova, Soviet fighter pilot, one of two female fighter aces with Lydia Litvyak (d. 1943)


1972 – Janet Munro, English actress (b. 1934)

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Agnes Morehead in The Blue Veil publicity photo, 1951

Agnes Morehead in “The Blue Veil” publicity photo, 1951 (source)

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