November 20

Events in Women’s History

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Coronation portrait, 1953, Photo credit: Library and Archives Canada

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Coronation portrait, 1953, (source)

1947 – The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.

Births

Haseena Moin

Haseena Moin (source)

1827 – Emily Howland, American abolitionist, philanthropist and educator (d. 1929)

1851 – Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy as wife of Umberto I (d. 1926)

1858Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1909, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (d. 1940)

1896 – Chiyono Hasegawa, Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1910 – The Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, American civil rights activist, lawyer, and author. She was also the first black woman ordained an Episcopal priest. (d. 1985)

1923Nadine Gordimer, South African writer and political activist, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Her works, such as Burger’s Daughter and July’s People, dealt with moral and racial issues revolving around apartheid in South Africa and were originally banned there.  (d. 2014)

1925 – Kaye Ballard, American actress and singer

1925 – Maya Plisetskaya, Russian ballerina

1927 – Estelle Parsons, American actress and director

1937 – Ruth Laredo, American pianist (d. 2005)

1937 – Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright

1941 – Haseena Moin, Pakistani screenwriter and playwright

Deaths

Caroline of Ansbach c. 1735 by Joseph Highmore (source)

Caroline of Ansbach c. 1735 by Joseph Highmore (source)

1737 – Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of Great Britain as wife of George II (b. 1683)

1925 – Alexandra of Denmark, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India as wife of Edward VII (b. 1844)

1938 – Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway as wife of King Haakon VII, daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark (b. 1869)

1965 – Katharine Anthony, American biographer, primarily known for her biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (d. 1877)

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