May 9

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!

Births

Harriet Lane c. 1960 (source)

Harriet Lane c. 1960 (source)

1830Harriet Lane Johnston, served as First Lady of the United States for her uncle James Buchanan (d. 1903)

1834 – Catharine Furbish, American botanist, collected, classified, and illustrated the flora of Maine (d. 1931)

1844 – Belle Boyd, Confederate spy during the American Civil War (d. 1900)

1865 – Elizabeth Garver Jordan, American journalist, author, editor, and suffragist, editor of Harper’s Bazaar (d. 1947)

1908 – Mary Scheier, American sculptor and potter (d. 2007)

1921 – Sophie Scholl, German student and activist, executed by guillotine after being convicted of treason for passing out anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich, active in the White Rose non-violent resistance group (d. 1943)

1921 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1992), winner National Book Award for Poetry, inductee of the St.Louis Walk of Fame (d. 2004)

1921 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1992), winner National Book Award for Poetry, inductee of the St.Louis Walk of Fame (d. 2004)

1923 – Barbara New, British character actress (d. 2010)

1928 – Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater and equestrian, Canadian national champion, World champion, Olympic medalist (d. 2012)

1933 – Jessica Steele, British author of romance novels

1936 – Glenda Jackson, CBE, British actress and politician, Member of Parliament, recipient of an Emmy and two Academy Awards for Best Actress

Deaths

Mercedes de Acosta c. 1919 (source)

Mercedes de Acosta c. 1919 (source)

1446 – Mary of Enghien, Countess of Lecce, Queen of Naples and titular Queen of Sicily, Jerusalem and Hungary (b. 1368)

1955 – Kate Booth, English Salvation Army officer, preacher, daughter of Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)

1968 – Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright, known primarily for her many love affairs and association with prominent artists (b. 1893)

1976 – Ulrike Meinhof, German militant and journalist, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)

2015Elizabeth Wilson, American stage, screen and TV character actor, recipient of Tony and Obie awards, elected to the Theater Hall of Fame in 2007 (b. 1921)

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One thought on “May 9

  1. May 9, 1960 – Food and Drug Administration approves 1st pill for contraceptive use in birth control, called Envoid, now used by more than 100 million women worldwide.

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