July 26

Events in Women’s History

Match between Australia and England, Sydney 1935

Match between Australia and England, in Sydney 1935 (source)

1745 – The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England. It was a match “between eleven maids of Bramley and eleven maids of Hambledon, all dressed in white,” according to The Reading Mercury. The photo is a match between Australia and England in 1935.

1797 – Louisa Catherine Johnson, future First Lady of the United States, marries John Quincy Adams.

Births

Gracie Allen, publicity still from the CBS radio show Burns and Allen

Gracie Allen, publicity still from the CBS radio show Burns and Allen (source)

1822 – Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer, British-American author and translator, known for fiction and for works on European history (d. 19014)

1858 – Ella Alexander Boole, American temperance leader and social reformer, head of the world Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (d. 1952)

1895 – Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian, known as the zany partner of her husband George Burns (d. 1964)

1906 – Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish intelligence agent, second Lieutenant of the National Armed Forces, polyglot; she was active as a member of the Polish resistance movement from 1939 until 1943 when she was murdered. (d. 1943)

1909 – Vivian Vance, American stage and television actress and singer, best-known for her role as Ethel Mertz in the television sitcom I Love Lucy (d. 1979)

1923 – Jan Berenstain, American author and illustrator, known with her husband for the children’s book series The Berenstain Bears  (d. 2012)

1926 – Ana María Matute, Spanish author, member of the Real Academia Española, recipient of the Cervantes Prize, considered one of the best novelist of the period following the Spanish Civil War

1936 – Mary Millar, British actress, best-known for her role as Rose in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (d. 1998)

1939 – Jun Henmi, pseudonym for Mayumi Shimizu, Japanese author and poet, known for her fiction and non-fiction work on the affects of WWI

Deaths

Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina (source)

Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina (source)

1684 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Venetian philosopher and mathematician, child prodigy, one of the first women to receive a doctoral degree (b. 1646)

1938 – Frances Evelyn “Daisy” Greville, Countess of Warwick, Countess of Warwick, British Socialite and mistress to King Edward VII (b. 1861)

1952 – Eva Perón, Argentine actress and politician, First Lady of Argentina (b. 1919)

1960 – Maud Menten, Canadian physician and biochemist, known for her work on enzyme kinetics and for the Michaelis-Menten equation in biochemistry (b. 1879)

1971 – Diane Arbus, American photographer, known for square, black and white, photographs of people who were considered marginal by society, although she did fashion work early in her career and many assignments for various publications (b. 1923)

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