January 3

Events in Women’s History

Joan of Arc being interrogated by the Cardinal of Winchester by Paul Delaroche

Joan of Arc being interrogated by the Cardinal of Winchester by Paul Delaroche (source)

1431 – Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

1933 – Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.

1953 – Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.

2007 – Nancy Pelosi is elected Speaker of the House becoming the first woman, first Californian, and first Italian-American to hold the position.

Births

Lucretia Mott, 1842, by Joseph Kyle

Lucretia Mott, 1842, by Joseph Kyle (source)

1777 – Elisa Bonaparte, Duchess of Lucca, Princess of Piombino, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1820)

1793 – Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and social reformer (d. 1880)

1806Henriette Sontag, Countess Rossi, German operatic soprano (d. 1854)

1816 – Anne Ayres, founder of the first Episcopalian religious order for women (d. 1896)

1824 – Sophia B. Packard, American educator, co-founder of a school that would eventually become Spelman College (d. 1891)

1831 – Savitribai Phule, Indian educator, activist and poet (d. 1897)

1879 – Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States as wife of Calvin Coolidge (d. 1957)

1887 – Helen Parkhurst, American educator and author (d. 1973)

1894 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)

1897Pola Negri, Apolonia Chałupiec, Polish stage and film actress with a long and varied career (d. 1987)

1898 – Carolyn Haywood, American author (d. 1990)

1905 – Anna May Wong, American actress (d. 1961)

1915 – Mady Rahl, German actress (d. 2009)

1916 – Maxene Andrews, American singer, member of the Andrews Sisters (d. 1995)

1925 – Jill Balcon, English actress (d. 2009)

1932 – Yolanda “Tongolele” Montes, Mexican dancer and actress

1934 – Carla Anderson Hills, American lawyer and civil servant

1944 – Blanche d’Alpuget, Australian author

Deaths

1437 – Catherine of Valois, Queen consort of England as wife of Henry V (b. 1401)

1917 – Helen Kendrick Johnson, American author, poet, and activist opposing women’s suffrage (b. 1844)

1967 – Mary Garden, Scottish soprano (b. 1874)

1970 – Gladys Aylward, British missionary (b. 1902)

1980 – Joy Adamson, Czech author (b. 1910)

1981 – Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (b. 1883)

1988 – Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)

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Marriage of Catherine of Valois to Henry V of England, 1490, author unknown

Marriage of Catherine of Valois to Henry V of England, 1490, author unknown (source)

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