October 18

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Eleanor Roosevelt and Fannie Hurst

Eleanor Roosevelt and Fannie Hurst, 1962 (source)

1836 – Ellen Browning Scripps, journalist, editor and philanthropist (d. 1932)

1889 – Fannie Hurst, American novelist (d. 1968)

1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American author and theorist (d. 1980)

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

1919 – Anita O’Day, American jazz singer, “The Jezebel of Jazz” (d. 2006)

1919 – Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano and professor of voice at Indiana University, first African American to receive a contract with a major American opera company,  the New York City Opera, (d. 2012)

1920 – Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, singer, and politician, member of Parliament and first female Minister for Culture of Greece, conceived of the idea and proposed the program for the European Capital of Culture established by the European Union in 1985  (d. 1994)

1923 – Jessie Mae Hemphill, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1929 – Violeta Chamorro, Nicaraguan publisher and politician, President of Nicaragua from 1990 to 1997, first female head of state in the Americas

1938 – Dawn Wells, American actress, best known for playing “Mary Ann” on Gilligan’s Island in the 1960s

1947 – Laura Nyro, singer, songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (d. 1997)

1956 – Martina Navratilova, tennis champion


1541 – Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scotland as wife of James IV of Scotland, mother of King James V (b. 1489)

1558 – Mary of Hungary, Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia as wife of Louis II, later she was Governor of the Hapsburg Netherlands (b. 1505)

1744 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (b. 1660)

1961 – Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-American actress (b. 1892)

1966 – Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-American businesswoman, founded Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (b. 1878)

1973 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher, founded The Little Review (b. 1886)

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Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller (source)

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