June 22

Events in Women’s History

1813 – Laura Secord sets out to walk 20 miles to warn Canadian troops of an impending attack by the Americans.

1911 – George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Mary of Teck, Queen consort of the United Kingdom

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress (source)


Harriett Mulford Lothrop (Photo uncredited, Wikipedia)

Harriett Lothrop (Margaret Sidney) c. 1900 (source)

1844 – Margaret Sidney, pseudonym of Harriett Stone Lothrop, American author, known for the Five Little Peppers series of books (d. 1924)

1869 – Caroline O’Day, American politician, third woman elected to Congress from New York (d. 1943)

1906 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author, known for fiction and non-fiction, one popular work is Gift from the Sea, wife of Charles Lindbergh (d. 2001)

1909 – Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, author, educator and activist, called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance”, directed the Katherine Dunham Dance Company for almost 30 years (d. 2006)

1912 – Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1983)

1921 – Barbara Vucanovich, American politician, first woman to represent Nevada in the United States House of Representatives (d. 2013)

1922 – Mona Lisa, stage name of Gloria Lerma Yatco, Filipino actress, recipient of a FAMAS award (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards)

1932 – Princess Soraya of Iran, Queen of Iran as second wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (d. 2001)

1933 – Dianne Feinstein, American politician, Mayor of San Francisco, United States Senator from California

1939 – Ada E. Yonath, Israeli crystallographer, known for her work on the structure of the ribosome, a director at the Weizmann Institute of Science, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009

1940 – Esther Rantzen, British journalist and television presenter, known for presenting the BBC television series That’s Life, founder of the charity ChildLine


Judy Garland, MGM studio portrait 1940

Judy Garland, MGM studio portrait 1940 (source)

1961 – Maria of Romania, Queen of Yugoslavia as wife of Alexander (b. 1900)

1963 – Maria Tănase, Romanian singer, known for traditional Romanian music and folklore (b. 1913)

1969 – Judy Garland, American singer, actress and vaudeville performer, best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, recipient of the Academy Awards for roles in A Star Is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement (b. 1922)

1977 – Jacqueline Audry, French director, specialized in literary adaptations (b. 1908)

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