January 16

Events in Women’s History

Carole Lombard, publicity photo by Paramount Studios, 1935 (source)

Carole Lombard, publicity photo by Paramount Studios, 1936 (source)

1893 – Queen Lili’uokalani is prevented from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution by the landing of U.S. Marines from the USS Boston.

1935 – Kate Barker, “Ma”, is killed with her son Fred by FBI agents in a stand off at their home. There is little evidence that she participated in or planned the Barker-Karpis gang’s crimes, but she acted as an accomplice both before and after.

1942 – Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.

1964Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

2006 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s president, becoming Africa’s first elected female head of state.

Births

Engraving of Dorthe Engelbretsdotter at work from a 1685 collection of poems (source)

Engraving of Dorthe Engelbretsdotter at work from a 1685 collection of poems (source)

1634 – Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian author and poet (d. 1716)

1672Lucy Filippini, educator and Roman Catholic saint, founder of Pious Matrons who tutored girls in the domestic arts (d. 1732)

1837 – Ellen Russell Emerson, Ethnologist (d. 1907)

1893 – Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)

1896 – Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)

1898 – Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)

1906 – Diana Wynyard, English actress (d. 1964)

1908 – Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)

1924 – Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (d. 2002)

1928 – Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996)

1930 – Mary Ann McMorrow, American judge (d. 2013)

1932 – Dian Fossey, American zoologist (d. 1985)

1933 – Susan Sontag, American author (d. 2004)

1934 – Marilyn Horne, American soprano

Deaths

1387 – Elizabeth of Bosnia, Queen consort of Poland and Hungary as wife of Louis, later regent of Hungary (b. 1339)

1893 – Abigail Hopper Gibbons, American abolitionist, educator and social reformer (b. 1801)

1935 – Ma Barker, American mother and accomplice of criminals (b. 1871)

1942 – Carole Lombard, American actress (b. 1908)

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Elizabeth with her daughter Mary in captivity by Soma Orlai Petrich, painted in 1894 (source)

Elizabeth with her daughter Mary in captivity by Soma Orlai Petrich, painted in 1894 (source)

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