October 2

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!

Births

Eliza Maria Mosher

Eliza Maria Mosher (source)

1470 – Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Bari and Princess of Rossano, also Duchess of Milan as wife of Gian Galeazzo Sforza (d. 1524)

1755 – Hannah Adams, author, first woman in the US to make writing her profession (d. 1831)

1798 – Saint Mother Théodore Guérin, founded Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (d. 1856)

1846 – Eliza Maria Mosher, physician and educator (d. 1928)

1871 – Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscaper and author (d. 1959)

1885 – Ruth Bryan Owen, author and politician, first southern woman representative to the US Congress, first woman on the House Foreign Affairs Committe, first woman appointed as a US Ambassador (1933-36, Denmark) (d. 1954)

1895 – Ruth Cheney Streeter, first director of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (d. 1990)

1901 – Alice Prin, French singer, actress, and painter (d. 1953)

1926 – Jan Morris, Welsh historian and author

1929 – Tanaquil La Clercq, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet until she contracted polio while on tour in Copenhagen (d. 2000)

1949 – Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer

Deaths

1850 – Sarah Biffen, British painter; born with no arms and only vestigial legs, she learned to paint, write and do needle work. (b. 1784)

1981 – Hazel Dorothy Scott, Trinadadian-born American pianist and jazz singer, as a musical prodigy she received scholarships to Juilliard School from the age of eight, hosted her own variety show The Hazel Scott Show (b. 1920)

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Engraving of Sarah Biffen from a self-portrait (PD-US, Wikimedia Commons)

Engraving of Sarah Biffen from a self-portrait (source)

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