Events in Women’s History
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
1799 – Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse was the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 900 meters. The parachute was designed by her husband.
1915 – World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
1808 – Frances Dana Barker Gage, American reformer, abolitionist and suffragist, worked closely with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (d. 1884)
1840 – Helena Modjeska, Polish actress (d. 1909)
1860 – Mabel Thorp Boardman, philanthropist and leader in the American Red Cross (d. 1946)
1891 – Edith Stein, Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, Catholic philosopher and nun, patron saint of Europe (d. 1942)
1894 – Elisabeth of Romania, Queen consort of Greece as wife of George II (d. 1956)
1889 – Perle Reid Mesta, socialite, US Ambassador to Luxembourg (1949-1953), (d. 1975)
1908 – Ann Petry, American author (d. 1997)
1913 – Alice Chetwynd Ley, English author (d. 2004)
1916 – Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
1924 – Doris Grau, American actress (d. 1995)
1925 – Essie Mae Washington-Williams, American educator and author (d. 2013)
1845 – Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist, specifically known for prison reform (b. 1780)
1915 – Edith Cavell, British nurse executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium (b. 1865)
1948 – Susan Sutherland Isaacs, British psychologist (b. 1885)
1969 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (b. 1912)
2012 – Sigrid Green, British WWII spy and code breaker at Bletchley Park in England (b. 1922) Note: The article is dated Oct 15, 2012 and the Friday before was Oct 12, so I’m assuming that is the date of her death.