May 6

Events in Women’s History

Maya Lin in 2007 by Sharon Styer (source)

Maya Lin in 2007 by Sharon Styer (source)

1960 – Princess Margaret of Great Britain marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.

1981 – Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is selected from 1,421 other entries.


Phebe Hanaford (source)

Phebe Hanaford (source)

1829Phebe Hanaford, American author, minister, abolitionist and feminist; she wrote Life of Abraham Lincoln, the first biography of the president published after his death. (d. 1921)

1831 – Mary Clemmer Ames, American author and journalist, known for Ten Years in Washington and Memorials of Alice and Phoebe Cary (d. 1884)

1880 – Winifred Brunton, British Egyptologist, painter and illustrator, known for portraits of Egyptian pharaohs published in Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt in 1926 (d. 1959)

1882 – Ann Haven Morgan, American zoologist and ecologist, awarded a Ph.D. from Cornell University, served as chair of the Mount Holyoke College zoology department from 1916 – 1947 until her retirement (d. 1966)

1916 – Adriana Caselotti, American voice actress and singer, first woman named as a Disney Legend in the voice category for her work in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (d. 1997)

1926 – Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, entertainer and philanthropist (d. 2012)

1947 – Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago


Maria Montessori c. 1913, photographer unknown (source)

Maria Montessori c. 1913, photographer unknown (source)

1952 – Maria Montessori, Italian physician, author and educator, known for her philosophy of education which is still in use today (b. 1870)

1984 – Mary Cain, American newspaper editor, journalist and politician, first woman to run for Governor of Mississippi (b. 1904)

1992 – Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress and singer (b. 1901)

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  1. May 6, 2013 – Amanda Berry escapes with her daughter and contacts police. Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who all went missing in early 2000s, were believed dead. Ariel Castro found guilty of keeping the 3 women captive in his Cleveland, Ohio, home, sentenced to life plus1,000 years in prison without parole, and commits suicide in his cell 1 month into serving his sentence

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