May 13

Events in Women’s History

Julian of Norwich at the church of Saints Andrew and Mary in Norwich by Evelyn Simak (source)

Julian of Norwich at the church of Saints Andrew and Mary in Norwich by Evelyn Simak (source)

1373 – Julian of Norwich recovers from her illness during which she had visions which are later transcribed in her Revelations of Divine Love.

1515 – Mary Tudor, Queen of France marries Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk at Greenwich Palace.

1995 – Alison Hargreaves becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

Births

Empress Maria Theresa by Martin van Meytens (source)

Empress Maria Theresa by Martin van Meytens (source)

1254 – Marie of Brabant, Queen consort of France as wife of Philip III (d. 1321)

1717 – Maria Theresa, Queen of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, Holy Roman Empress as wife of Francis I (d. 1780)

1742 – Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen, daughter of Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Governor of the Austrian Netherlands (d. 1798)

1759 – Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, novelist (d. 1824)

1847 – Linda Gilbert, American social reformer, known specifically for placing libraries into prisons (d. 1895)

1850 – Ellen Spencer Mussey, American lawyer, educator and women’s rights advocate (d. 1936)

1888 – Inge Lehmann, Danish seismologist and geophysicist, discovered the Earth’s inner core, recipient of many honors including the Gold Medal of the Danish Royal Society of Science and Letters and the Medal of the Seismological Society of America (d. 1993)

1907 – Daphne du Maurier, British author and playwright, known for novels Rebecca and Jamaica Inn as well as short stories (d. 1989)

1918 – Tanjore Balasaraswati, Indian dancer, recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, and the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award by the Indian Fine Arts Society (d. 1984)

1922 – Bea Arthur, American stage and television actress and singer, known for roles in the sitcoms All in the Family, Maude and The Golden Girls, recipient of both Emmy and Tony Awards (d. 2009)

Deaths

Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, Lady Hartington (source)

Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, Lady Hartington (source)

1948 – Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, American socialite and sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1920)

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