July 11

Events in Women’s History

1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published.

Births

Caroline Mathilda of Great Britain by Francis Cotes (source)

Caroline Mathilda of Great Britain by Francis Cotes (source)

1751 – Caroline Matilda of Great Britain was Queen of Denmark and Norway as the wife of Christian VII (d. 1775)

1819 – Susan Bogert Warner, American author, known for religious fiction and theological works; her most popular novel was The Wide, Wide World, which was translated into several other languages. (d. 1885)

1850 – Annie Armstrong, American missionary and Southern Baptist lay leader, instrumental in founding the Woman’s Missionary Union (d. 1938) (d. 1938)

1851 – Millie and Christine McCoy, American conjoined twins, born into slavery in North Carolina; after the Civil War, the twins received an education, learning five languages, dancing and music; they had a successful career as “The Two-Headed Nightingale” with the Barnum Circus until their deaths. (d. 1912)

1854 – Georgiana Drew Barrymore, American stage actress, mother of Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore (d. 1893)

1866 – Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, Princess Heinrich of Prussia as wife of Heinrich, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert  (d. 1953)

1871 – Edith Rickert, American author and medieval scholar, known for her works about Chaucer (d. 1938)

1938 – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, American scholar and historian, known for her books A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on her diary, 1785–1812 and Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Deaths

St. Olga of Kiev c. 1892 by Hikhail Nesterov (source)

St. Olga of Kiev c. 1892 by Hikhail Nesterov (source)

969 – Olga of Kiev, regent for her son Svyatoslav, Prince of Rus after the death of her husband Igor of Kiev, first ruler of Rus to convert to Christianity, honored in both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, canonized in 1146 (b. 890)

1362 – Anna of Schweidnitz, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Queen consort of Bohemia and Germany as third wife of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1339)

1766 – Elisabeth Farnese, Queen consort of Spain as wife of Philip V, known for her influence over foreign policy  (b. 1692)

1920 – Eugénie de Montijo, Empress consort of France as wife of Napoleon III, Countess of Teba and Marquise of Ardales  (b. 1826)

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