Events in Women’s History
1890 – President Benjamin Harrison welcomes Alice Sanger as the first female White House staffer.
1980 – Sherry Lansing, a former actress, was named first female studio production head as president of 20th Century Fox.
1713 – Marie Dumesnil, French actress, known for her naturalistic and nuanced dramatic performances (d. 1803)
1836 – Emma, Queen consort of Hawaii as wife of Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
1854 – Alice Mary Robertson, educator, social worker and politician. She was the second woman to serve in the US Congress and the only woman from Oklahoma until 2006.
1857 – M. Carey Thomas, American suffragist, linguist, President of Bryn Mawr College (d. 1935)
1873 – Thérèse of Lisieux, French Discalced Carmelite nun, known as “The Little Flower of Jesus” or “The Little Flower”, widely venerated in modern times, Patroness of the Gardens of Vatican City (d. 1897)
1886 – Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (d. 1938)
1893 – Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman, headliner for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, inductee of the International Circus Hall of Fame (d. 1931)
1913 – Anna Lee, English actress (d. 2004)
1914 – Noor Inayat Khan, Russian-English SOE agent, sent from Britain into France to aid the French Resistance during WWII. She died in Dachau concentration camp. (d. 1944)
1914 – Vivian Stuart, Burmese author (d. 1986)
1916 – Zypora Spaisman, Polish-American actress and producer (d. 2002)
1917 – Vera Zorina, German-Norwegian actress and dancer (d. 2003)
1940 – Susan Wittig Albert, American author
1946 – Jeanette Thurber, American patron of the arts, specifically classical music, founder of the National Conservatory of Music of America and the American Opera Company, both open to black and female students (b. 1850)
1986 – Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)
1994 – Dixy Lee Ray, American politician, 17th Governor of Washington (b. 1914)
2006 – Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, Filipino jurist (b. 1913)