January 26

Events in Women’s History

Dame Annabelle Rankin c. 1940, National Library of Australia (source)

Dame Annabelle Rankin c. 1940, National Library of Australia (source)

1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. She is the first woman to hold the position of Physician to the President.

1966 – Dame Annabelle Rankin is appointed Minister of Housing in Australia.

Births

Bessie Coleman, 1921, National Air and Space Museum (source)

Bessie Coleman, 1921, National Air and Space Museum (source)

1826 – Julia Grant, First Lady of the United States as wife of Ulysses S. Grant (d. 1902)

1831 – Mary Mapes Dodge, American children’s author, best known for Hans Brinker (d. 1905)

1833 – Elisabet Ney, German-born American sculptor (d. 1907)

1872 – Julia Morgan, American architect, first woman to be admitted to the architecture program at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, first woman architect licensed in California (d. 1957)

1892 – Bessie Coleman, first African American to receive an international pilot’s license, first African American woman to become a pilot (d. 1926)

1892 – Zara Cully, American actress (d. 1978)

1905 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 1987)

1908 – Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)

1914 – Princess Durru Shehvar of the Ottoman empire (d. 2006)

1923 – Patricia Hughes, English radio announcer (d. 2013)

1923 – Anne Jeffreys, American actress and singer

1924 – Alice Babs, Swedish singer and actress

1924 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (d. 1998)

1931 – Mary Murphy, American actress (d. 2011)

1944 – Angela Davis, American activist and author

Deaths

946 – Edith of England, Eadgyth, granddaughter of Alfred the Great, wife of Otto, Holy Roman Emperor; it is unsure whether she was crowned as queen. (b. 910)

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

1947 – Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (b. 1898)

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Julia Grant c. 1860, Library of Congress, Brady-Handy Collection (source)

Julia Grant c. 1860, Library of Congress, Brady-Handy Collection (source)

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