January 17

Events in Women’s History

Lili'uokalani as crown princess c. 1870 (source)

Lili’uokalani as crown princess c. 1870 (source)

38 BCE – Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.

1893 – Queen Lili’uokalani is deposed. Her government is overthrown by the Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety backed up by US Marines.

Births

Alva Belmont, 1911, Stadler Photographing Co., Library of Congress (source)

Alva Belmont, 1911, Stadler Photographing Co., Library of Congress (source)

1814 – Ellen Wood, English author (d. 1887)

1820 – Anne Brontë, English author and poet (d. 1849)

1829 – Catherine Booth, founder with her husband of the Salvation Army (d. 1890)

1831 – Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)

1853 – Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, American millionaire and suffragist (d. 1933)

1877 – May Gibbs, Australian author (d. 1969)

1905 – Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)

1926 – Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (d. 2006)

1927 – Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1933 – Dalida, Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)

1933 – Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer, and television host (d. 1998)

1935 – Ruth Ann Minner, American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware

Deaths

1861Lola Montez, Irish dancer, actress and courtesan, mistress of Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1821)

1927 – Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)

1967 – Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (b. 1884)

1972 – Betty Smith, American author (b. 1896)

1996 – Barbara Jordan, American politician and civil rights leader, first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, first southern African American woman elected to the US House of Representatives and the first to deliver a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom  (b. 1936)

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Barbara Jordan, 1976, taken by Thomas J. O'Halloran for the U.S. News & World Report, Library of Congress (source)

Barbara Jordan, 1976, taken by Thomas J. O’Halloran for the U.S. News & World Report, Library of Congress (source)

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