June 19

Events in Women’s History

Princess Louise (Photo: Mathias Hansen (1823-1905), Wikimedia Commons)

Louise of the Netherlands c. 1860 by Mathias Hansen (source)

1850 – Princess Louise of the Netherlands marries Crown Prince Charles of Sweden-Norway.

1953 – Ethel Rosenberg was executed with her husband at Sing Sing, in New York for treason.

1865 – Juneteenth Commemorates the announcement of freedom for slaves in the state of Texas, also known as  Freedom Day


Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor (Photo: Toni Frissell, Courtesy Library of Congress)

Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Toni Frissell (source)

1856 – Elisabeth Marbury, theatrical and literary agent, relief worker

1865 – Dame May Whitty, English actress (d. 1948)

1885 – Adela Pankhurst, activist, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst (d. 1961)

1893 – Madeleine Astor, RMS Titanic survivor (d. 1940)

1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)

1900 – Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (d. 1986)

1905 – Mildred Natwick, American actress (d. 1994)

1909 – Midori Naka, Japanese actress (d. 1945)

1912 – Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)

1919 – Pauline Kael writer, film critic

1936 – Marisa Galvany, American soprano

1940 – Shirley Muldowney, American race car driver

1945 – Aung San Sun Kyi, Burmese politician and activist, Chair of the National League for Democracy, recipient of the Rafto Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and the Nobel Peace Prize


1282 – Eleanor de Montfort, English wife of Llywelyn the Last (b. 1252)

1787 – Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France, French daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette (b. 1786)

1939 – Grace Abbott, American social worker and activist (b. 1878)

1953 – Ethel Rosenberg, American convicted spy (b. 1915)

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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (Photo: Roger Higgins, photographer from "New York World-Telegram and the Sun", Wikimedia Commons)

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1951 by Roger Higgins (source)

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