January 31

Events in Women’s History

1675 – Cornelia Olfaarts found not guilty of witchcraft in Salem witchcraft trials. See a chronology of the Salem witchcraft trials here.


Tallulah Bankhead, publicity photo 1941 (source)

Tallulah Bankhead, publicity photo 1941 (source)

36 BCE – Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony (d. 38 CE)

1896 – Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician, specialized in history and philosophy of mathematics, known for restoring study of mathematical logic in the Soviet Union and for publishing mathematical works of Karl Marx (d. 1966)

1902 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)

1902 – Alva Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 (d. 1986)

1905 – Diana Napier, British actress (d. 1982)

1914 – Daya Mata, American spiritual leader, president and sanghamata of the Self-Realization Fellowship created by Paramahansa Yogananda (d. 2010)

1921 – Carol Channing, American actress and singer

1922 – Joanne Dru, American actress (d. 1996)

1929 – Jean Simmons, British actress (d. 2010)

1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)

1938 – Beatrix, Queen regnant of the Netherlands from 1980 to 2013 when she abdicated in favor of her son


2004 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer, Olympic medalist and actress (b. 1913)

2006 – Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (b. 1926)

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Eleanor Holm on the cover of TIME magazine on Aug 21, 1939 (source)

Eleanor Holm on the cover of TIME magazine on Aug, 21 1939 (source)

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