June 4

Events in Women’s History

Emily Davison (source)

Emily Davison (source)

1536Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen of England as the wife of Henry VIII.

1913 – Emily Davison, attending Epsom Derby, runs on to the track attempting to grab the bridle of King George V’s horse, Anmer. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies a few days later.

1917 – Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for Biography for their work about their mother Julia Ward Howe.

1919 – The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.

1972Angela Davis is found not guilty of all charges of kidnapping, conspiracy and murder.


Miina Sillanpää (source)

Miina Sillanpää (source)

1394 – Philippa of England, Queen of Denmark, Sweden and Norway as wife of Eric of Pomerania; she served as regent of Sweden in 1420 and regent of Denmark and Norway from 1423 to 1425. (d. 1430)

1604 – Claudia de’ Medici, regent of the County of Tyrol for her son from 1632 to 1646 (d. 1648)

1866 – Miina Sillanpää, Finnish journalist and politician, Finland’s first woman minister, prominent in the workers’ movement (d. 1952)

1879 – Mabel Lucie Attwell, British author and illustrator, known for cute drawings of children (d. 1964)

1880 – Clara Blandick, American actress, known for her role as Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz (d. 1962)

1881 – Natalya Goncharova, Russian artist, author, illustrator, and costume and set designer (d. 1962)

1907 – Winifred Emma May, pseudonym for Patience Strong, British author, poet, lyricist, and journalist (d. 1990)

1923 – Elizabeth Jolley, Australian author and educator; her first book was published when she was 53. (d. 2007)

1926 – Judith Malina, German-born American theater and film actress, writer, and director

1928 – Ruth Westheimer, German-American sex therapist and author, known as “Dr. Ruth” on radio and television

1934 – Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Kenyan author and activist, known for her work with elephants

1935 – Colette Boky, French-Canadian operatic soprano

1936 – Nutan Samarth Behl, Indian actress and singer, known as one of the finest female actors in Hindi cinema with a four decade long career (d. 1991)


Adèle of Champagne, Louis VII of France and their son (source)

Adèle of Champagne, Louis VII of France and their son (source)

1206 – Adèle of Champagne, Queen consort of France as wife of Louis VII (b. 1140)

1246 – Isabella of Angoulême, Countess of Angoulême, Queen consort of England as wife of John (b. 1188)

1394 – Mary de Bohun, first wife of Henry IV of England, mother of Henry V and Philippa of England; she died in childbirth with Philippa. (b. 1369)

1967 – Linda Eenpalu, Estonian politician and women’s rights activist, member of the National Constituent Assembly and the Second chamber of the National Council, the first woman in both of these organizations (b. 1890)

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  1. BIRTHS – June 4, 1966 – Svenlana Jitomirskaya born in Ukraine, emigrated to US, mathematician, awarded Satter Prize (2005) by American Mathematical Society for pioneering work on non-perturbative quasiperiodic localization.

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