May 30

Events in Women’s History

Engraving of Jane Seymour, artist unknown (source)

Engraving of Jane Seymour, artist unknown (source)

1431 – Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France. She is 19 years old.

1536 – Jane Seymour marries King Henry VIII of England.

Births

Katrina Trask c. 1900 (source)

Katrina Trask c. 1900 (source)

1769 – Ann Merry, English actress, possibly the first actress to achieve fame in both America and Europe (d. 1808)

1794 – Zilpah Polly Grant Banister, American educator, founder of Ipswich Female Seminary (d. 1874)

1853 – Kate Nichols Trask, known also as Katrina Trask, American author, poet and philanthropist, developer and financier of Yaddo, an artist’s community in Saratoga Springs, New York (d. 1922)

1871 – Olga Engl, Austrian stage and film actress (d. 1946)

1874 – Josephine Preston Peabody, American poet and playwright, recipient of the Stratford-on-Avon prize for her drama The Piper (d. 1922)

1887 – Paulette Noizeux, French stage and film actress (d. 1971)

1901 – Cornelia Otis Skinner, American actress and author, known for her book Our Hearts Were Young and Gay which was made into a film and a short-lived television series (d. 1979)

1907 – Elly Beinhorn, German pilot, known for her adventures flying all over the world, second woman to fly solo from Europe to Australia after Amy Johnson (d. 2007)

1907 – Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, ethnologist and member of the French resistance for which she spent time in Ravensbrück concentration camp (d. 2008)

1910 – Inge Meysel, German stage and film actress, one of Germany’s favorite actresses (d. 2004)

1918 – Pita Amor, Mexican poet, actress and model, known as “The 11th Muse” (d. 2000)

1936 – Christine Jorgensen, American actress, entertainer and singer, first person to become widely known in the US for undergoing sex reassignment surgery; known for her directness and wit, she became an advocate for transgender people. d. 1989)

1928 – Agnès Varda, Belgian director, producer, screenwriter and academic, known for work on feminist issues and social commentary

1932 – Pauline Oliveros, American accordion player, composer and author, founder of the San Francisco Tape Music Center

Deaths

Lady Arabella Churchill (source)

Lady Arabella Churchill (source)

1431 – Joan of Arc, French saint, known as “The Maid of Orléans” (b. 1412)

1730 – Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England and the mother of four of his children (b. 1648)

2011 – Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, American physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1977 (b. 1921)

2013 – Vina Mazumdar, Indian academic, feminist and women’s rights activist, pioneer in women’s studies in the academia of India (b. 1927)

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