May 22

Events in Women’s History

Annika Sörenstam in 2008 before the LPGA Championshi (source)

Annika Sörenstam in 2008 before the LPGA Championship by Keith Allison (source)

2003 – Annika Sörenstam plays in the Bank of America Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, becoming the first woman to play the PGA Tour, since Babe Zaharias played in the 1945 Los Angeles Open.

Births

Princess Elizabeth c. 1782 by Thomas Gainsborough (source)

Princess Elizabeth c. 1782 by Thomas Gainsborough (source)

1770 – Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg as wife of Frederick VI (d. 1840)

1814 – Amalia Lindegren, Swedish painter, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in 1849 and 1850 (d. 1891)

1823 – Isabella Glyn, British Shakespearean actress (d. 1889)

1844Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist painter and printmaker, considered by Gustave Geffroy as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism (d. 1926)

1849 – Bertha Honoré Palmer, American businesswoman and philanthropist, known for her role as the President of the Board of Lady Managers for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1918)

1900 – Yvonne de Gaulle, French campaigner for conservative causes, founder of “La fondation Anne-de-Gaulle” to help children with disabilities, wife of Charles de Gaulle, President of France (d. 1979)

Deaths

Rita of Cascia, patron Saint of the Impossible, abused wives, and widows   (source)

Rita of Cascia, patron Saint of the Impossible, abused wives, and widows
(source)

748 – Empress Gensho, fifth of eight women to reign as Empress regnant of Japan and the only one to inherit her title from another woman (b. 683)

1310 – Rosanna Negusanti, Saint Humility, abbess and founder of Vallumbrosan convents, canonized in the Roman Catholic Church in 1720 (b. circa 1226)

1457 – Rita of Cascia, Italian Augustinian nun, canonized in the Roman Catholic Church in 1900, patron saint of the impossible (b. 1381)

1802 – Martha Washington, First Lady of the United States as wife of George Washington (b. 1731)

1943 – Helen Herron “Nellie” Taft, First Lady of the United States as wife of William Howard Taft, known for arranging the planting of the Cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

2015Aminah Robinson, American artist, known for a diverse body of work from drawings and woodcuts to sculptures using various media, lived and worked in Columbus, Ohio (b. 1940)

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2 thoughts on “May 22

  1. May 22, 2009 – In Washington state, Linda Fleming becomes 1st assisted suicide under state’s “Death With Dignity” law.

    • May 22,1846 – Rita Cetina Gutiérrez born, Mexican teacher, poet and pioneering Mexican feminist who promoted secular education; opened La Siempreviva (‘everlasting’), Mexico’s first secular school for poor girls, and an art college for young women; established simultaneously a scientific and literary society and a newspaper of the same name, specifically written for young women

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