June 1

Events in Women’s History

Mary Dyer being led to the gallows, by Howard Pyle, published in McClure's in 1907 (source)

Mary Dyer being led to the gallows, by Howard Pyle, published in McClure’s in 1907 (source)

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.


Caroline Lee Hentz c. 1852 (source)

Caroline Lee Hentz c. 1852 (source)

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


Lizzie Borden c. 1889 (source)

Lizzie Borden c. 1889 (source)

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)

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3 thoughts on “June 1

  1. • June 1, 1993 – Connie Chung becomes the second woman to co-anchor the evening news, 17 years after Barbara Walters became the first in 1976

  2. BIRTHS – June 1, 1868 – Annie MacKinnon Fitch, mathematician, member of American Association for the Advancement of Science and the League of Women Voters..

  3. BIRTHS – June 1, 1928 – Alberta Daisy Schenck Adams born, civil rights activist for equality of indigenous peoples before Alaska statehood. Instrumental in passage of the Alaska Civil Rights Act passed by the Territorial Legislature 10 years before the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.

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