January 6

Events in Women’s History

Martha Dandridge Custis, mezzotint by John Folwell and Oliver Stone based on an original portrait by John Wollaston, 1757

Martha Dandridge Custis, mezzotint by John Folwell and Oliver Stone based on an original portrait by John Wollaston, 1757 (source)

1540 – King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.

1759 – Martha Dandridge Custis marries George Washington, the future first President of the United States.

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.

1929 – Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta, India to begin her work among India’s poor and sick people.

1945 – Barbara Pierce marries George H. W. Bush future President of the United States.

Births

Eleonore of Pfalz Neuburg c. 1680 (source)

Eleonore of Pfalz Neuburg c. 1680 (source)

1412 – Joan of Arc (d.1431)

1655 – Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg, Holy Roman Empress as wife of Leopold I (d. 1720)

1812 – Melchora Aquino, Filipino activist, “Grand Woman of the Revolution” (d. 1919)

1878 – Adeline Genée, Danish ballerina (d. 1970)

1882 – Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter and designer (d. 1949)

1899 – Phyllis Haver, American actress (d. 1960)

1900 – Kathryn Hulme, American author (d. 1981)

1900 – Maria, Queen consort of Yugoslavia as wife of Alexander (d. 1961)

1913 – Loretta Young, American actress (d. 2000)

1920 – Doris Stokes, English psychic (d. 1987)

1921 – Marianne Grunberg-Manago, Soviet-born French biochemist (d. 2013)

1928 – Capucine, French actress and model (d. 1990)

1929 – Anne Rogers Clark, American dog breeder and trainer, first woman to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, one of the few people licensed to judge all 165 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (d. 2006)

1934 – Sylvia Syms, British actress

1935 – Queen Margarita of Bulgaria

1936 – Darlene Hard, American tennis player

1937 – Doris Troy, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1938 – Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist and academic

1940 – Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)

1957 – Nancy Lopez, American professional golfer, won 48 LPGA Tour events and three major championships

Deaths

1840 – Fanny Burney, British author (b. 1752)

1942 – Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)

1944Ida Tarbell, American journalist, best known for her History of the Standard Oil Company (b. 1857)

1980 – Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (The Marvelettes) (b. 1944)

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Ida Tarbell, 1904, Library of Congress ID: cph.3c17943

Ida Tarbell, 1904, Library of Congress ID: cph.3c17943 (source)

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