January 29

Events in Women’s History

Queen Liliʻuokalani

Queen Liliʻuokalani (source)

1891 – Liliʻuokalani is proclaimed Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii she was the kingdom’s last monarch.

1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson becomes the first African American woman admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Births

Jennette Thurber c. 1870 (source)

Jennette Thurber c. 1870 (source)

1835 – Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, American children’s author; she wrote under the pseudonym Susan Coolidge (d. 1905)

1850 – 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 (d. 1946)

1881 – Alice Catherine Evans, American microbiologist, isolated the cause of Brucellosis which eventually led to the pasteurization of milk (d. 1975)

1891 – Elizaveta Gerdt, Russian ballerina (d. 1975)

1895 – Muna Lee, American author, poet, feminist and translator and advocate of Latin American literture (d. 1965)

1912 – Martha Wright Griffiths, American lawyer, judge and US Congress member, first woman to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means (d. 2003)

1922 – Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp supervisor (d. 1946)

1939 – Germaine Greer, Australian author, academic, journalist and feminist

1942 – Claudine Longet, French singer, actress, and dancer

1944 – Katharine Ross, American actress

1944 – Pauline van der Wildt, Dutch swimmer and Olympic medalist

1954 – Oprah Winfrey, American actress, producer, talk show host, media proprietor and philanthropist

Deaths

1601 – Louise of Lorraine, Queen consort of France as wife of Henry III (b. 1553)

1933 – Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)

2012 – Camilla Ella Williams, American operatic soprano, first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera and first to receive a regular contract with the New York City Opera, recipient of the President’s Medal for Excellence (b. 1919)

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Alice Catherine Evans c. 1910 at the Dept. of Agriculture (source)

Alice Catherine Evans c. 1910 at the Dept. of Agriculture (source)

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