Events in Women’s History
1554 – A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason.
1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded. Prominent women among the charter members include, among others, Ida Wells-Barnett, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Garlin Spencer, Mary White Ovington.
1990 – Carmen Lawrence becomes Premier of Western Australia, the first woman to become premier of a State of Australia.
2004 – The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom. The first license is for lesbian activists Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 79.
1752 – Dorothea Ackermann, German actress (d. 1821)
1775 – Louisa Catherine Adams, First Lady of the United States as wife of John Quincy Adams (d. 1852)
1831 – Myra Colby Bradwell, editor, publisher, suffragist and political activist, founded the Chicago Legal News; she studied law in her husband’s law office, but was denied admission to the Illinois bar because she was a woman.
1855 – Fannie Barrier Williams, African American educator, political and women’s rights advocate (d. 1944)
1870 – Marie Lloyd, English actress and singer, “Queen of the Music Hall” (d. 1922)
1881 – Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
1884 – Alice Roosevelt Longworth, American socialite, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1980)
1884 – Marie Vassilieff, Russian painter (d. 1957)
1934 – Annette Crosbie, Scottish actress
1934 – Anne Krueger, American economist, former World Bank Chief Economist, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, currently a professor of international economics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1938 – Judy Blume, American author
1945 – Maud Adams, Swedish actress
1554 – Lady Jane Grey, briefly Queen of England, daughter of Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk (b. 1537)
1929 – Lillie Langtry, English singer and actress (b. 1853)
1972 – Dorothy Kenyon, American lawyer, judge, feminist and political activist (b. 1888)