March 16

Events in Women’s History

Princess Fawzia as Queen of Iran c. 1940s (source)

Princess Fawzia as Queen of Iran c. 1940s (source)

1939 – Princess Fawzia of Egypt marries Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

2003 – Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American woman involved with the International Solidarity Movement, is killed trying to prevent a Palestinian home from being destroyed by a bulldozer in Rafah.


Rosa Bonheur, c. 1890 (source)

Rosa Bonheur, c. 1890 (source)

1750Caroline Herschel, German-English astronomer (d. 1848)

1799 – Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer, known for her early photographs privately published in Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (d. 1871)

1822 – Rosa Bonheur, French painter and sculptor (d. 1899)

1864 – Caroline Bamberger Fuld, American businesswoman and philanthropist, known for co-founding the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with her brother Louis (d. 1944)

1883 – Ethel Anderson, Australian poet, novelist and painter (d. 1958)

1900 – Eveline M. Burns, British-born American economist, writer and educator, professor of Social Work at Columbia, known for helping to design the United States Social Security system (d. 1985)

1905 – Elisabeth Flickenschildt, German actress, producer, and author (d. 1977)

1912 – Pat Nixon, American educator, First Lady of the United States as wife of Richard Nixon (d. 1993)

1916 – Mercedes McCambridge, American stage, film, television and radio actress, winner of an Academy Award and Golden Globe (d. 2004)

1924 – Beryl Davis, British-born American big band, jazz singer (d. 2011)

1927 – Olga San Juan, American actress and dancer (d. 2009)

1928 – Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano

1929 – Betty Johnson, American singer (The Johnson Family Singers)

1929 – Nadja Tiller, Austrian-German actress

1935 – Teresa Berganza, Spanish mezzo-soprano

1943 – Ursula Goodenough, American educator and author, professor of Biology, known for Religious Naturalism and the book Sacred Depths of Nature


1485 – Anne Neville, Queen of England as wife of Richard III (b. 1456)

1890 – Princess Zorka of Montenegro, also Princess Zorka Karađorđević in Serbia as wife of Peter Karađorđević (b. 1864)

1936 – Marguerite Durand, French stage actress, journalist and suffragette (b. 1864)

1940 – Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1909, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1858)

1980 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish Art Deco painter (b. 1898)

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Princess Zorka of Montenegro (source)

Princess Zorka of Montenegro (source)

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