March 29

Events in Women’s History

Letitia Tyler, First Lady of the United States (artist unknown)

Letitia Tyler, First Lady of the United States, artist unknown (source)

1813 – Letitia Christian, future First Lady of the United States, marries John Tyler.

1993 – Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island. She is the first woman elected in a general election as premier of a Canadian province.

Births

Frances Wisebart Jacobs (source)

Frances Wisebart Jacobs (source)

1843 – Frances Wisebart Jacobs, American charity organizer and worker, with others founded the Charity Organization Society which eventually became the United Way (d. 1892)

1874Lou Henry Hoover, First Lady of the United States as wife of Herbert Hoover, possibly the first woman to get a geology degree in the US, president of the Girl Scouts both as First Lady and after leaving the White House (d. 1944)

1880 – Rosina Lhévinne, Russian pianist and educator (d. 1976)

1903 – Vera Micheles Dean, American political scientist, head of research for the Foreign Policy Association (d. 1972)

1911 – Brigitte Horney, German stage and film actress, known for her portrayal of Empress Catherine the Great in the film Baron Munchhausen (d. 1988)

1912 – Hanna Reitsch, German pilot, awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge during WWII (d. 1979)

1918 – Pearl Bailey, American vaudeville, stage, film and television actress and singer, recipient of a Tony Award and a Daytime Emmy (d. 1990)

1923 – Betty Binns Fletcher, American lawyer and judge, federal judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1979 to 2012 (d. 2012)

1941 – Violeta Andrei, Romanian actress

Deaths

Anna Louise Strong in 1918, newspaper photo from the New York Call (source)

Anna Louise Strong in 1918, newspaper photo from the New York Call (source)

1970 – Anna Louise Strong, American journalist, author and activist (b. 1885)

1997 – Ruth Sager, American geneticist, pioneered the field of cytoplasmic genetics, researched the role of tumor suppressor genes (b. 1918)

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