June 18

Events in Women’s History

Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Foster Welch, Mayor of Southampton on June 20, 1928 (source)

Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Foster Welch, Mayor of Southampton on June 20, 1928 (source)

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.


Frances Sargent Osgood c. 1848 (source)

Frances Sargent Osgood c. 1848 (source)

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


Ethel Barrymore in 1896 (source)

Ethel Barrymore in 1896 (source)

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)

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