November 4

Events in Women’s History

Mary Stuart, Princess of Orange, 1676 by Caspar Netscher

Mary Stuart, Princess of Orange, 1676 by Caspar Netscher (source)

1677 – The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later jointly reign as William and Mary.

1842 – Mary Todd, future First Lady of the United States, marries Abraham Lincoln.

1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.


Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Euimin of Korea

Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Euimin of Korea (source)

1631 – Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (d. 1660)

1803 – Sarah Hall Boardman Judson, missionary to Burma, translated the New Testament into Peguan, her translation of Pilgrim’s Progress is still in use today (b. 1845)

1853 – Anna Bayerová, Czech physician (d. 1924)

1868 – La Belle Otero, Spanish actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1965)

1901 – Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Euimin of Korea. She and her husband would have been the emperor and empress of the Empire of Korea had it not been annexed into the Empire of Japan in 1910.   (d. 1989)

1909 – Evelyn Bryan Johnson, American pilot and colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and a founding member of the Morristown, Tennessee Civil Air Patrol squadron.  (d. 2012)

1916 – Ruth Handler, American businesswoman, created Barbie (d. 2002)

1928 – Hannah Weiner American poet (d. 1997)

1930 – Doris Roberts, American actress

1937 – Loretta Swit, American actress


1965 – Dickey Chapelle, war correspondent. She was killed by a landmine in Vietnam, becoming the first American female reporter killed in action. (b. 1918)

1980 – Elsie MacGill, Canadian engineer, the world’s first female aircraft designer (b. 1905)

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Elsie MacGill, 1938

Elsie MacGill, 1938 (source)

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