February 9

Events in Women’s History

1960 – The first star for a woman is placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Joanne Woodward.


Miina Härma, photographer unknown (source)

Miina Härma, photographer unknown (source)

1819 – Lydia Estes Pinkham, abolitionist and businesswoman, best known for her commercially successful “women’s tonic” (d. 1883)

1849 – Laura Clay, suffragist, orator, co-founder and first president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association; her name was placed into nomination for the presidency at the 1920 Democratic National Convention. (d. 1941)

1864 – Miina Härma, Estonian composer, probably best known for taking organ music to the countryside, most of her compositions were for vocal music (d. 1941)

1865 – Mrs. Patrick Campbell, stage name of English actress Beatrice Stella Tanner (d. 1940)

1874 – Amy Lowell, American poet, posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926 (d. 1925)

1902 – Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, Nazi Party member and leader of the National Socialist Women’s League (d. 1999)

1909 – Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-Brazilian actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1955)

1911Bessie Stringfield, American nicknamed “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami”, first African-American woman to ride across the US solo, motorcycle dispatch rider for the army during WWII (d. 1993)

1922 – Kathryn Grayson, American actress and operatic soprano (d. 2010)

1939 – Janet Suzman, South African actress and director

1942 – Carole King, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1944 – Alice Walker, American author and poet, Pulitzer Prize winner


1450 – Agnès Sorel, French mistress of Charles VII of France, considered the first officially recognized royal mistress (b. 1421)

1896 – Anne Ayres, founder of the first Episcopalian religious order for women (b. 1816)

1942 – Anna Klumpke, American portrait and genre painter, known for her portraits of famous women, author of a biography of painter Rosa Bonheur and her own autobiography (b. 1856)

1966 – Sophie Tucker, Russian-American actress and singer (b. 1884)

1977 – Alia al-Hussein, Queen consort of Jordan as third wife of King Hussein, died in a helicopter crash in Amman (b. 1948)

2002 – Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)

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Agnès Sorel, artist unknown (source)

Agnès Sorel, artist unknown (source)

2 thoughts on “February 9

  1. • February 9, 1960 – The first star for a woman on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Joanne Woodward.
    Often incorrectly reported as the first star on the walk.

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