Events in Women’s History
612 – Sak K’uk’ ascended to the throne of the Maya state of Palenque. She ruled until her son reached his maturity at age 12 on July 29, 615. She seems to have continued to have influence until her death in 640.
1469 – Isabella I of Castile marries Ferdinand II of Aragon, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
2004 – Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.
1835 – Amanda Theodosia Jones, American author, spiritualist and inventor. She received several patents in connection to the Jones Method of vacuum canning. (d. 1914)
1848 – Nadezhda Nikolayevna Rimskaya-Korsakova, Russian pianist and composer, wife of composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (d. 1919)
1850 – Annie Smith Peck, American mountaineer (d. 1935)
1851 – Empress Myeongseong of Korea, wife if King Gojong of Joseon, known as Queen Min during her lifetime, assassinated for political reasons (d. 1895)
1868 – Bertha Knight Landes, American politician, Mayor of Seattle (d. 1943)
1900 – Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
1909 – Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
1920 – LaWanda Page, American actress (d. 2002)
1923 – Ruth Carter Stevenson, American founder of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (d. 2013)
1936 – Johnnetta Betsch Cole, educator, cultural anthropologist. She was the president of Spelman College, Bennett College, and director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African art.
1936 – Sylvia Browne, American author and psychic
1937 – Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
727 – Frithuswith, Anglo-Saxon princess and abbess, Patron saint of Oxford (b. 650)
1851 – Marie Thérèse Charlotte, Madame Royale of France, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XIX of France (b. 1778)
1893 – Lucy Stone, American abolitionist and suffragist (b. 1818)
1950 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright, 1923 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry (b. 1892)
1990 – Gertrud “Trudy” Späth-Schweizer, first woman to hold elective office in Switzerland. (b. 1908)