February 14

Events in Women’s History

Jacqueline Kennedy and Charles Collingwood on TV tour of the White House February 1962 (source)

Jacqueline Kennedy and Charles Collingwood on TV tour of the White House February 1962 (source)

1870 – Esther Hobart Morris begins her tenure as the first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. She was appointed after the previous Justice resigned in protest over Wyoming’s passage of the women’s suffrage amendment to the state constitution in December 1869.

1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded in the United States by Carrie Chapman Catt.

1962 – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House.


Lucrezia de' Medici, 1560, by Bronzino (source)

Lucrezia de’ Medici, 1560, by Bronzino (source)

1545 – Lucrezia de’ Medici, Duchess of Ferrara (d. 1561)

1838 – Margaret E. Knight, American inventor, she invented the machine that folded and glued paper bags among other things (d. 1914)

1847 – Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen consort of Portugal as wife of Luis I, grand mistress of the Order of Saint Isabel (d. 1911)

1847 – Anna Howard Shaw, American physician, minister, and activist (d. 1919)

1871 – Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (d. 1959)

1871 – Marion Mahoney Griffin, American architect and artist (d. 1961)

1898 – Angela Bambace, American labor union organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (d. 1975)

1890 – Nina Hamnett, Welsh painter and author (d. 1956)

1904 – Hertta Kuusinen, Finnish politician, second woman to serve as a Finnish cabinet minister (d. 1974)

1905 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (d. 1969)

1916 – Sally Gray, English actress (d. 2006)

1920 – Judith Holzmeister, Austrian actress (d. 2008)

1921 – Hazel McCallion, Canadian politician, 3rd Mayor of Mississauga; she has been in office since 1978

1927 – Lois Maxwell, Canadian actress (d. 2007)

1931 – Phyllis McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters)

1933 – Madhubala, Indian actress (d. 1969)

1934 – Florence Henderson, American actress and singer

1935 – Christel Adelaar, Indonesian-Dutch actress (d. 2013)

1935 – Mickey Wright, American professional golfer, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

1936 – Fanne Foxe, stage name of Argentinian exotic dancer Annabelle Battistella, best known for her involvement with Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills in 1974

1941 – Donna Edna Shalala, American former Secretary of Health and Human Services, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, currently President of the University of Miami


1317 – Margaret of France, Queen consort of England as wife of Edward I (b. 1282)

1714 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain as wife of Philip V (b. 1688)

1884 – Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, first wife of Theodore Roosevelt future President of the United States (b. 1861)

1983 – Lina Radke, German runner and Olympic medalist (b. 1903)

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Margaret of France and Edward I of England, 14th century (source)

Margaret of France and Edward I of England, 14th century (source)

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