February 26

Events in Women’s History

1995 – Selena Quintanilla Perez gave her last concert in front of over 74 thousand people live at the Houston Astrodome, a few days before she was shot to death.


Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria by Martin van Meytens (source)

Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria by Martin van Meytens (source)

1746 – Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla as wife of Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I (d. 1806)

1858 – Lavinia Lloyd Dock, American nurse, educator, feminist and social activist; in addition to other books and articles, she wrote a four-volume history of nursing and a nurse’s manual of drugs. (d. 1956)

1900 – Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower, poet and Olympic medalist (d. 1989)

1906 – Madeleine Carroll, English actress (d. 1987)

1908 – Leela Majumdar, Bengali author (d. 2007)

1909 – Fanny Cradock, English chef, author, and critic (d. 1994)

1921 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)

1922 – Margaret Leighton, English actress (d. 1976)

1926 – Miroslava, Czechoslovakian-born Mexican actress (d. 1955)

1926 – Doris Belack, American actress (d. 2011)

1950 – Helen Clark, New Zealand politician, former Prime Minister of New Zealand


1839 – Sybil Ludington, American Revolutionary War heroine, famous for her ride to warn American colonial forces of the approach of the British on April 26, 1777; she rode twice the distance of Paul Revere and was only 16 years old at the time. (b. 1761)

1871 – Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, painter, illustrator, writer, and wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne. (b. 1809)

1933 – Princess Thyra of Denmark, Crown Princess of Hanover and Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale as wife of Ernest Augustus, the exiled heir to the Kingdom of Hanover (b. 1853)

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Princess Thyra of Denmark (source)

Princess Thyra of Denmark (source)

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  1. Births –
    * 1869 – Nadezhda Krupskaya – Russian Bolshevik revolutionary, politician, and the wife of Vladimir Lenin; served as the Soviet Union’s Deputy Minister of Education (d. 1939)

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