Events in Women’s History
1873 – Susan B. Anthony is convicted of illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election and fined $100. She refuses to pay the fine.
1928 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. She is a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz with Lou Gordon as mechanic.
1983 – Sally Ride becomes the first American woman astronaut as a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
1983 – Mona Mahmudnizhad together with nine other women, is sentenced to death and hanged because of her Bahá’í Faith.
1269 – Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar, daughter of Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile, wife of Henry III, Count of Bar (d. 1298)
1318 – Eleanor of Woodstock, Countess of Guelders as wife of Reginal II, regent of Guelders for her son (d. 1355)
1811 – Frances Sargent Osgood, American poet, very popular during her time, also known for her exchange of romantic poems with Edgar Allen Poe (d. 1850)
1862 – Carolyn Wells, American author and poet, known especially for light verse and limericks (d. 1942)
1865 – Fannie Pearson Hardy Eckstorm, American author, ornithologist and folklorist (d. 1946)
1891 – Mae Busch, Australian film actress, known for her role in the Laurel and Hardy comedies (d. 1946)
1901 – Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, executed with her family by the Bolshevik secret police (d. 1918)
1913 – Sylvia Porter, American economist, author and journalist, columnist for the New York Post and American Banker, author of How to Make Money in Government Bonds (d. 1991)
1948 – Éva Marton, Hungarian dramatic soprano, known for her Wagnerian roles
1673 – Jeanne Mance, French nurse, one of the earliest settlers in New France, founder the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (b. 1606)
1858 – Rani Lakshmibai, Indian queen known for fearlessly leading her people into battle (b. 1828)
1959 – Ethel Barrymore, American actress, Academy Award nominee during a 40 year career in both silent and sound films (b. 1879)