June 2

Events in Women’s History

Frances Folsom and Grover Cleveland wedding, 1886 from Harper's Weekly by Thure de Thulstrup (source)

Frances Folsom and Grover Cleveland wedding, 1886 from Harper’s Weekly by Thure de Thulstrup (source)

1886 – Frances Folsom marries Grover Cleveland becoming the First Lady of the United States. They are to-date the only presidential couple to marry in the White House.

1953 – Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth.


Grace Aguilar engraving, New York Public Library Archives (source)

Grace Aguilar engraving, New York Public Library Archives (source)

1816 – Grace Aguilar, British author of Jewish history and religion, novelist, known for her works The Spirit of Judaism and The Women of Israel (d. 1847)

1861 – Concordia Selander, Swedish actress and theater manager (d. 1935)

1861 – Helen Herron “Nellie” Taft, First Lady of the United States as wife of William Howard Taft, known for arranging the planting of the Cherry trees in Washington, D.C. (d. 1943)

1899 – Lotte Reiniger, German animator and director, pioneer of silhouette animation, known for films The Adventures of Prince Achmed and The Magic Flute (d. 1981)

1907 – Dorothy West, American author during the Harlem Renaissance, known for her novel The Living is Easy (d. 1998)

1913 – Barbara Pym, British author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Booker Prize nominee, known for her social comedies including Excellent Women and A Glass of Blessings (d. 1980)

1918 – Ruth Atkinson, Canadian-born American illustrator and comic book artist, known for creation of the Marvel Comics characters Millie the Model and Patsy Walker (d. 1997)

1918 – Kathryn Tucker Windham, American journalist, photographer and author, known for a series of ghost stories based on local folklore (d. 2011)

1921 – Betty Freeman, American photographer, author and philanthropist (d. 2009)

1924 – June Callwood, CC OOnt, Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2007)

1978 – Yi So-yeon, Korean scientist and astronaut, first Korean woman in space


Madeleine de Scudéry (source)

Madeleine de Scudéry (source)

1418 – Catherine of Lancaster, Queen of Castile as wife of Henry III (b. 1373)

1701 – Madeleine de Scudéry, French author, established the salon Société du samedi (Saturday Society) (b. 1607)

1962 – Vita Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH, British author and poet (b. 1892)

Previous Day    –    Next Day

Leave a Reply