February 29

Events in Women’s History

Hattie McDaniel in 1941 (source)

Hattie McDaniel in 1941 (source)

1720 – Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favor of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I on 24 March.

1940 – For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.

1964 – In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).

Births

Eva Marie Veigel with her husband David Garrick c. 1757, by William Hogarth (source)

Eva Marie Veigel with her husband David Garrick c. 1757, by William Hogarth (source)

1724 – Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian-English dancer (d. 1822)

1736 – Ann Lee, American religious leader, founded the Shakers (d. 1784)

1828 – Emmeline B. Wells, American journalist, editor, poet, and activist, served as president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (d. 1921)

1892 – Augusta Savage, American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance, teacher of other artists, advocated for equal rights for African-Americans in the arts (d. 1962)

1904 – Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer, choreographer and theosophist (d. 1986)

1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1920 – Michèle Morgan, French-American actress

1932 – Reri Grist, American coloratura soprano

Deaths

1928 – Ina Coolbrith, American poet, author, librarian, first California Poet Laureate (b. 1841)

1976 – Florence P. Dwyer, American politician (b. 1902)

1992 – La Lupe, Cuban-American singer (b. 1939)

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Ina Coolbrith c. 1895, from the book "Songs from the Golden Gate" (source)

Ina Coolbrith c. 1895, from the book “Songs from the Golden Gate” (source)

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