May 28

Events in Women’s History

1952 – The women of Greece obtain the right to vote.

Births

Ruby Payne-Scott c. 1930 (source)

Ruby Payne-Scott c. 1930 by Peter Gavin Hall  (source)

1858 – Lizzie Black Kander, American social reformer, settlement house founder, compiled The Settlement Cookbook (d. 1940)

1876 – Katharine Blunt, American chemist specializing in home economics, food chemistry and nutrition (d. 1954)

1912 – Ruby Payne-Scott, Australian physicist and astronomer, first woman radio astronomer (d. 1981)

1913 – May Swenson, American poet, translator and playwright, poet-in-residence for several universities, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, recipient of numerous awards and honors (d. 1989)

1936 – Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist (d. 1997)

1940 – Maeve Binchy, Irish author, playwright, columnist and lecturer, one of Ireland’s best-loved and most recognizable writers (d. 2012)

Deaths

Caterina Sforza c. 1482 by Lorenzo di Credi (source)

Caterina Sforza c. 1482 by Lorenzo di Credi (source)

1509 – Caterina Sforza, Lady of Imola, Countess of Forli as wife of Girolamo Riario, regent for her son Ottaviano, daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza (b. 1463)

1849 – Anne Brontë, English author and poet, known for her novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, younger sister of Emily and Charlotte Brontë (b. 1820)

1893 – Tehaapapa II, Maerehia of Raiatea and Tahaa, Queen of Huahine and Maia’o (Polynesian islands) as wife of King Ari’imate and later as Queen regnant (b. 1824)

1981 – Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist, arranger and composer, recorded over 100 records, wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and others, Grammy nominee (b. 1910)

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