June 13

Events in Women’s History

Henrietta Maria of France c. 1632 by John Hoskins (source)

Henrietta Maria of France c. 1632 by John Hoskins (source)

1625 – Henrietta Maria of France marries King Charles I of England, becoming Queen consort of England, Scotland, and Ireland.


Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon by Arnold Genthe, Library of Congress (source)

Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon by Arnold Genthe, Library of Congress (source)

1672 – Anna Maria Franziska, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg (although exercising no control), Grand Duchess of Tuscany as wife of Gian Gastone de’ Medici (d. 1741)

1752 – Fanny Burney, also Madame d’Arblay, English author and playwright, known for her journals and diaries, novels Evelina, Cecilia and Camilla, as well as a first person accounty of undergoing a mastectomy without anesthesia (d. 1840)

1840 – Camilla Urso, Italian-born American violinist, first female student to win a prize at the Paris Conservatory on the violin (d. 1902)

1859 – Christine Terhune Herrick, American author and journalist, known for writing articles about housekeeping subjects, many for Harper’s Bazaar (d. 1944)

1863 – Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff-Gordon, British fashion designer, known professionally as Lucile and for training the first professional models (d. 1935)

1875 – Miriam Amanda “Ma” Ferguson, American politician, first woman Governor of Texas serving from 1925-27 and 1933-35 (d. 1961)

1879 – Lois Weber, American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer and director, considered one of the most important film directors of the silent film era (d. 1939)

1881 – Mary Antin, American author and immigration rights activist, known for her autobiography The Promised Land about her life in Czarist Russia, immigration and assimilation into American culture (d. 1949)

1893 – Dorothy L. Sayers, British author, poet and playwright, known for her works featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey (d. 1957)

Mary Antin c. 1915 (source)

Mary Antin c. 1915 (source)

1908 – Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese-French artist, known for abstract paintings (d. 1992)

1910 – Mary Whitehouse, English activist, founded the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association (d. 2001)

1928 – Renée Morisset, Canadian pianist, together with her husband a recipient of the Prix Calixa-Lavallée and Members of the Order of Canada (d. 2009)

1931 – Nora Kovach, Hungarian-American ballerina, known for her defection from the Soviet bloc to the west (d. 2009)

1937 – Eleanor Holmes Norton, American politician, delegate to the United States Congress from the District of Columbia, formerly Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1941 – Esther Ofarim, Israeli musician, singer, and songwriter


1972 – Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German spy, recipient of the Gold Medal of the Nazi Party (b. 1891)

1979 – Darla Hood, American actress, voice actress, and singer, known for her role as a child in the Our Gang television series (b. 1931)

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