Events in Women’s History
1310 – Marguerite Porète, a French mystic, is burned at the stake for heresy in Paris.
1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged after returning to the Massachusetts Bay Colony where Quakers were banned.
2015 – Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is designated as the first woman president of Mauritius.
1455 – Anne of Savoy, Princess of Squillace, Altamura and Taranto, first wife of Frederick IV, King of Naples (d. 1480)
1797 – Abby Hadassah Smith, American suffragist, advocate of women’s property rights, subject of Abby Smith and her Cows written by her sister Julia Evelina Smith (d. 1897)
1800 – Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz, American author, known for opposing the abolitionist movement and her rebuttal to Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the novel The Planter’s Northern Bride (d. 1856)
1898 – Molly Picon, American stage, film and television actress, lyricist and storyteller; initially a star in the Yiddish theater (d. 1992)
1908 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American author, known for the Trixie Belden and Ginny Gordon series of children’s books (d. 1999)
1925 – Marie Knight, American gospel and R&B singer (d. 2009)
1926 – Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, American model, actress, and singer (d. 1962)
1937 – Colleen McCullough, Australian author, known for her novel The Thorn Birds
1310 – Marguerite Porète, French mystic, author of The Mirror of Simple Souls, tried, convicted and burned at the stake for heresy in Paris (b. unknown)
1660 – Mary Dyer, English-born American colonist and Quaker (b. 1611)
1927 – Lizzie Borden, American accused murderer; she was tried and acquitted, but speculation continues today. (b. 1860)
1947 – Anna Hoffman-Uddgren, Swedish actress, singer, and director, first female film director in Sweden (b. 1868)
1968 – Helen Keller, American author, lecturer and activist, campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights and socialism; she was blind and deaf from a young age. (b. 1880)