January 5

Events in Women’s History

Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1922

Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1922 (source)

1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States. She later became the first woman to become director of the US Mint.


Sissiretta Jones, 1897, from a book by James T. Haley (PD in US source)

Sissiretta Jones c. 1897 (source)

1835 – Olympia Brown, American suffragist (d. 1926)

1868 – Sissieretta Jones, African-American soprano, sometimes called “The Black Patti” in reference to Adelina Patti (d. 1933)

1895 – Elizabeth Cotten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1987)

1895 – Jeannette Piccard, American Episcopal priest, balloonist and scientist (d. 1981)

1902 – Stella Gibbons, English author (d. 1989)

1904 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (d. 1997)

1904 – Erika Morini, Austrian violinist (d. 1995)

1906 – Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)

1909 – Lucienne Bloch, Swiss-American sculptor, painter, and photographer (d. 1995)

1917 – Lucienne Day, English textile designer (d. 2010)

1917 – Jane Wyman, American actress (d. 2007)

1931 – Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician

1932 – Raisa Gorbachova, First Lady of the Soviet Union as wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (d. 1999)

1936 – Florence King, American author and columnist


1589 – Catherine de’ Medici, Queen consort of France as wife of Henry II (b. 1519)

1762Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, took power after a bloodless coup, popular with the people  (b. 1709)

1891 – Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)

1937 – Marie Booth, British daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)

1941 – Amy Johnson, British pilot, set numerous long-distance records, member of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII; she died during a ferry flight.  (b. 1903)

1942 – Tina Modotti, Italian photographer, model, actress, and activist (b. 1896)

1946 – Kitty Cheatham, American singer and actress (b. 1864)

1956 – Mistinguett (birth name: Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois), French actress and singer (b.  1875)

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Catherine de'Medici c. 1555, attributed to François Clouet

Catherine de’Medici c. 1555, attributed to François Clouet (source)

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  1. January 5, 1904 – Elizabeth Magie is issued a U.S. patent on ‘The Landlord’s Game,’ a board game which she invented as an educational tool to expose the evils of MONOPOLY – her idea was turned on its head by Charles Darrow and Parker Brothers, who made millions from their version, the most popular board game in the world.

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