March 18

Events in Women’s History

Egyptian girls taking part in a Bat Mitzva in Alexandria Photo credit: Nebi Daniel Association (source)

Egyptian girls taking part in a Bat Mitzvah in Alexandria Photo credit: Nebi Daniel Association (source)

235 – Julia Mamaea and her son the Emperor Alexander Severus were killed ending the Severan dynasty of Rome. (Possibly occurred on March 19.)

1922 – The first Bat Mitzvah is held in the United States for Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan.

Births

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll c. 1875 (source)

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll c. 1875 (source)

1496 – Mary Tudor, Queen consort of France as wife of Louis XII (d. 1533)

1634 – Madame de La Fayette, French author of La Princesse de Clèves, possibly France’s first historical novel (d. 1693)

1848 – Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne and Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

1851 – Rose Coghlan, British stage actress, made her Broadway debut in 1872 (d. 1932)

1875 – Anna Hempstead Branch, American poet (d. 1937)

1891 – Alice Cullen, Scottish politician (d. 1969)

1891 – Margaret Culkin Banning, American author and women’s rights avocate (d. 1982)

1904 – Margaret Tucker, Australian author and activist (d. 1996)

1907 – Rosita Moreno, Spanish film and television actress (d. 1993)

1928 – Julia Mullock, American-Korean wife of Yi Gu, Prince Imperial Hoeun of Korea; her Imperial title was disputed because, although legally married in the US, the marriage wasn’t recognized in Korea

Deaths

235 – Julia Mamaea, mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus (b. circa 180)

1898 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, abolitionist, suffragist and freethinker (b. 1826)

1963 – Wanda Hawley, American silent film actress and singer (b. 1895)

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Matilda Joslyn Gage (source)

Matilda Joslyn Gage (source)