Events in Women’s History
1558 – Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I.
1934 – Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor, future First Lady of the United States marries Lyndon Johnson the future 36th President of the US.
2013 – Doris Lessing, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies at her home in London . She was 94 years old.
1729 – Maria Antonia Ferdinanda, Infanta of Spain, Queen consort of Sardinia as wife of Victor Amadeus III (d. 1785)
1915 – Eliza Farnham, American novelist, abolitionist, feminist, and prison reform advocate (d. 1864)
1866 – Voltairine de Cleyre, American author, orator and activist (d. 1912)
1870 – Winifred Holt, American sculptor and welfare worker; her concern for the blind resulted in the founding of the New York Association for the Blind, which later became Lighthouse International (d. 1945)
1878 – Grace Abbott, American social worker who worked specifically to advance child welfare, sister of Edith Abbott (d. 1939)
1881 – Mary Harriman Rumsey, founder of The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements (d. 1934)
1905 – Astrid of Sweden, Queen of the Belgians as wife of Leopold III (d. 1935)
1927 – Fenella Fielding, British stage, film, television and voice actress
1977 – Oksana Baiul, 1994 Olympic champion figure skater. She is the first and to date the only skater to win the gold in the Olympics for Ukraine.
1231 – Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess and Catholic saint, widowed at 20 and used her dowry to build a hospital where she served the sick, symbol of Christian charity (b. 1207)
1558 – Mary I, Queen regnant of England (b. 1516)
1796 – Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia as wife of Peter III and then in her own right until her death (b. 1729)
1818 – Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, wife of King George III (b. 1744)
1936 – Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian-born operatic contralto (b. 1861)
2013 – Doris Lessing, British novelist, poet and biographer, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1919)