May 23

Events in Women’s History

Bonnie and Clyde c. 1933, Courtesy of the Library of Congress (source)

Bonnie and Clyde c. 1933, Courtesy of the Library of Congress (source)

1430 – Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve those under siege at Compiègne.

1533 – Catherine of Aragon’s marriage of King Henry VIII is declared null and void.

1934 – The American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.

Births

Margaret Fuller in 1846 taken by Albert Sands Southworth (source)

Margaret Fuller in 1846 taken by Albert Sands Southworth (source)

1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist, author, book critic and women’s rights advocate, known for her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century (d. 1850)

1826 – Frances Fuller Victor, American historian and novelist, known for her History of Oregon as well as histories of other western states (d. 1902)

1842 – Maria Konopnicka, Polish poet, novelist, translator, journalist and women’s rights activist (d. 1910)

1846 – Arabella Mansfield, American lawyer, first female lawyer in the United States, admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869 (d. 1911)

1855 – Isabella Ford, English author, lecturer, suffragist and social reformer, known for work with female mill workers and trade union organization (d. 1924)

1875 – Kate Barnard, American politician and charity worker, first woman elected to a state position in Oklahoma (1907) as the Oklahoma Commissioner of Charities and Corrections (d. 1930)

1879 – Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand pediatrician and children’s health pioneer (d. 1963)

1908 – Hélène Boucher, French pilot, held numerous records including speed and altitude (d. 1934)

1910 – Margaret Wise Brown, American author, known for children’s books such as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny (d. 1952)

1914 – Celestine Sibley, American journalist and author; writing for the Atlanta Constitution, she contributed more than 10,000 columns and news stories covering a wide range of topics; she also wrote close to 30 books. (d. 1999)

1914 – Barbara Ward, English economist, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster, and advocate of sustainable development (d. 1981)

1919 – Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer and politician, member of the Puerto Rican Senate (d. 2012)

1923 – Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist, born in Catalonia, called “the greatest Spanish pianist in history” by Reuters, recipient of a number of Grammy Awards, a Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and the UNESCO Prize (d. 2009)

1926 – Aileen Hernandez, American union organizer and civil rights activist, second national president of the National Organization for Women, co-founder of Black Women Organized for Action in San Francisco

1928 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer, actress, and author (d. 2002)

1933 – Joan Collins, English actress, singer, author and columnist

Deaths

Moms Mabley from a guest appearance on the Smothers Brothers Show in 1968 (source)

Moms Mabley from a guest appearance on the Smothers Brothers Show in 1968 (source)

1934 – Bonnie Parker, American outlaw, bank robber and partner of Clyde Barrow, known as Bonnie and Clyde (b. 1910)

1975 – Moms Mabley, American comedian and actor, born Loretta Mary Aiken; one of the most successful entertainers of the “Chitlin’ circuit”, she became known to a wider audience in the 1960s with appearances on television and at Carnegie Hall. (b. 1894)

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