Events in Women’s History
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.
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
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)