February 4

Events in Women’s History

Patty Hearst in September of 1975 (source)

Patty Hearst in September of 1975 (source)

1974 – Patty Hearst is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army. She was convicted of participating in a bank robbery with the SLA, but was released after two years and later received a presidential pardon.

Births

Betty Friedan, 1960, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Library of Congress (source)

Betty Friedan, 1960, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Library of Congress (source)

1887 – Anna Hedvig Büll, Estonian missionary, helped save the lives of several thousand orphans during the Armenian genocide (d. 1981)

1905 – Hylda Baker, British singer, dancer, comedian and actress (d. 1986)

1906 – Colette Darfeuil, French actress (d. 1998)

1913 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)

1918 – Ida Lupino, British-American actress and director (d. 1995)

1921 – Betty Friedan, American author, feminist and women’s rights activist, first president of the National Organization of Women (NOW) (d. 2006)

1923 – Joan Vollmer, American author (d. 1951)

1924 – Janet Waldo, American actress

1931 – Isabel Martínez de Perón, Argentinian politician, 41st President of Argentina

1943 – Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish mountaineer (d. 1992)

1944 – Florence LaRue, American singer, actress, humanitarian and Grammy Award winner (The 5th Dimension)

Deaths

1694 – Natalya Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russia as wife of Alexis I (b. 1651)

1935 – Johanna Marau Ta’aroa a Tepau Salmon, Queen of Tahiti as wife of Pōmare V (b. 1860)

1983 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (b. 1950)

1987 – Meena Keshwar Kamal, Afghan activist, founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (b. 1956)

2002 – Agatha Barbara, first woman President of Malta (b. 1923)

2006 – Betty Friedan, American author, feminist, and women’s rights and activist, first president of NOW; she died on her 85th birthday. (b. 1921)

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Natalya Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russa, artist unknown (source)

Natalya Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russa, artist unknown (source)

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