January 27

Events in Women’s History

Leontyne Price by Jack Mitchell (source)

Leontyne Price by Jack Mitchell (source)

1186 – Constance of Sicily marries Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I.

1961 – Leontyne Price made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Il Trovatore. The final ovation lasted over 35 minutes, one of the longest in the history of the Met. She sang with Franco Corelli who was also making his debut.


Maria Anna of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler (source)

Maria Anna of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler (source)

1708 – Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia, sister of Empress Elizabeth and mother of Peter III (d. 1728)

1741Hester Thrale, British author, diarist and art patron; she is considered an important source of information about 18th century life and Samuel Johnson through her work Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson. (d. 1821)

1805 – Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen consort of Saxony as wife of Frederick Augustus II, twin sister of Princess Sophie of Bavaria (d. 1877)

1805 – Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Archduchess of Austria and twin sister of Maria Anna (d. 1872)

1875 – Elizabeth Israel, Dominican super-centenarian (d. 2003)

1888 – Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (d. 1960)

1898 – Georgia Clark, American actress, bank president, first woman appointed Treasurer of the United States (by Harry Truman) (d. 1995)

1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)

1926 – Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)

1941 – Beatrice Tinsley, New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist, pioneered theoretical studies of how galaxies evolve, specifically how stars age and affect the qualities of galaxies (d. 1981)

1944 – Mairead Corrigan, Northern Ireland peace activist; among other awards, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

1946 – Nedra Talley, American singer with the Ronettes; the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.


1540 – Angela Merici, Italian religious leader and saint, founder of the Order of the Ursulines (b. 1474)

1857 – Dorothea Lieven, German noblewoman and wife of wife of Khristofor Andreyevich Lieven, the Russian ambassador to London; she was influential in diplomatic and social circles of Europe (b. 1785)

1922 – Nellie Bly, pseudonym of American journalist and investigative reporter Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (b. 1864)

1970 – Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)

1972 – Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)

1986 – Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (b. 1914)

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Saint Angela Merici by Pietro Calzavacca (source)

Saint Angela Merici by Pietro Calzavacca (source)

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