November 27

Events in Women’s History

Saint Catherine Labouré, c. 1850

Saint Catherine Labouré, c. 1850 (source)

1830 – Saint Catherine Labouré reports a vision of the Blessed Mother standing on a globe and that Mary directed her to have the image put on medallions.

1968 – Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball, in an ABA game Kentucky Colonels vs. Los Angeles Stars.


Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, c. 1897

Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, c. 1897 (source)

1602 – Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Italian composer, singer and Benedictine nun (d. circa 1676-1678)

1809 – Fanny Kemble, English actress, playwright, and poet (d. 1893)

1833 – Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, mother of Queen Mary and great-grandmother of Elizabeth II of Great Britain (d. 1897)

1875 – Elsie Clews Parsons, American anthropologist, sociologist, folklorist and feminist, known for her studies of Native American tribes and helping to found The New School (d. 1941)

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

1936 – Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli author, poet, translator and peace activist (d. 2005)

1937 – Gail Sheehy, American author and journalist

1943 – Nicole Brossard, Canadian author and poet

1957 – Caroline Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, American author, lawyer, and Ambassador to Japan; she is the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Ada Byron Lovelace, c. 1840, by Alfred Edward Chalon

Ada Byron Lovelace, c. 1840, by Alfred Edward Chalon (source)

1198 – Constance, Queen of Sicily and Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, the heiress of the Norman kings of Sicily and wife of Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1154)

1252 – Blanche of Castile, Queen consort of France as wife of Louis VIII. She acted as regent for her son Louis IX. (b. 1188)

1852Ada Byron Lovelace, English mathematician (b. 1815)

1884 – Fanny Elssler, Austrian ballerina of the Romantic Period (b. 1810)

1894 – Johanna von Puttkamer, Prussian noblewoman and wife of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (b. 1824)

1931 – Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (b. 1899)

1932 – Evelyn Preer, American actress and singer (b. 1896)

1970 – Helene Madison, American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist (b. 1913)

1981 – Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (b. 1898)

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