January 20

Events in Women’s History

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 2009, World Economic Forum (Creative Commons license, source)

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 2009, World Economic Forum (Creative Commons license, source)

1891 – Lili’uokalani becomes Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii upon the death of King Kalākaua.

2001 – Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She is the first duly elected female Vice-President of the Philippines and the second female President after Corazón Aquino.

Births

Harriet Stanton Blatch c. 1910, Library of Congress (source)

Harriot Stanton Blatch c. 1910, Library of Congress (source)

1292 – Elisabeth, Queen consort of Bohemia as wife of John the Blind (d. 1330)

1840 – Anne Jemima Clough, British suffragist and promoter of higher education for women (d. 1892)

1856 – Harriot Stanton Blatch, American author, suffragist and women’s rights activist, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (d. 1940)

1867 – Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)

1878 – Ruth St. Denis, American dancer, co-founder of the American Denishawn School of Dance (d. 1968)

1896 – Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)

1907 – Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)

1908 – Fleur Cowles, American writer and illustrator (d. 2009)

1908 – Jean S. MacLeod, Scottish author (d. 2011)

1910 – Joy Adamson, Austrian author, author of Born Free (d. 1980)

1922 – Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, served with the Civil Nursing Reserve and the Women’s Royal Naval Service during WWII (d. 2012)

1923 – Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer

1924 – Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2010)

1926 – Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)

1927 – Helen Elliot, Scottish table tennis player (d. 2013)

1937 – Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer and actress (d. 2010)

1940 – Carol Heiss, American figure skater

Deaths

1666 – Anne of Austria, Queen consort of France and Navarre as the wife of Louis XIII, regent for her son Louis XIV (b. 1601)

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Anne of Austria c. 1620 by Peter Paul Rubens (source)

Anne of Austria c. 1620 by Peter Paul Rubens (source)

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