October 24

Events in Women’s History

Annie Edson Taylor with her barrel

Annie Edson Taylor with her barrel (source)

1901 – On her 63rd birthday, Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel.

1910 – Blanche Stuart Scott (Betty) is the first woman to fly in a public exhibition event in America, as a member of the Glenn Curtiss exhibition team. She became a stunt pilot with the nickname “Tomboy of the Air.”


Sarah Josepha Hale, 1831, by James Reid Lambdin

Sarah Josepha Hale, 1831, by James Reid Lambdin (source)

1503 – Isabella of Portugal (d. 1539)

1713 – Marie Fel, French opera singer (d. 1794)

1732 – Cristina Roccati, Italian scholar and poet, third woman to receive an academic degree at the University of Bologna, lecturer in physics at the Academy of Concordi, elected president of the Academy of Concordi in 1754 (d. 1797)

1739 – Duchess Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (d. 1807)

1763 – Dorothea von Schlegel, German author (d. 1839)

1788 – Sarah Josepha Hale, American author and editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (d. 1879)

1830 – Belva Lockwood, American lawyer, politician, educator and author. She was the first woman to practice before the US Supreme Court and second woman to run for President of the US.  (d. 1917)

1830 – Marianne North, British painter and naturalist, traveled extensively painting local flora (d. 1890)

1838 – Annie Edson Taylor, American adventurer, on her 63rd birthday she became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel (d. 1921)

1840 – Eliza Pollock, American archer, Olympic medalist in the 1904 Summer Olympics (d. 1919)

1868Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer, scholar and author, first western woman to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa (d. 1969)

1882 – Sybil Thorndike, British actress (d. 1976)

1887 – Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (d. 1969)

1901 – Gilda Gray, Polish-American actress and dancer (d. 1959)

1915 – Marghanita Laski, British journalist and author (d. 1988)

1916 – Anne Sharp, Scottish opera singer (d. 2011)

1923 – Denise Levertov, British-born American poet (d. 1997)

1924 – Mary Lee, American actress and singer (d. 1996)

1929 – Rachel Douglas-Home, 27th Baroness Dacre, British wife of William Douglas-Home (d. 2012)

1931 – Sofia Gubaidulina, Russian composer

1937 – Rosaria Piomelli, American architect. She was the first woman to hold the position of dean at the City College of New York School of Architecture


1537Jane Seymour, wife of Henry VIII of England (b. 1508)

1933Lucy Craft Laney, American educator, founder, and principal of Haines Normal and Industrial School, the first school in Augusta, Georgia, US for black children (b. 1854)

1966 – Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)

1981 – Edith Head, American costume designer. She won eight Academy Awards. (b. 1897)

1988 – Marghanita Laski, British journalist and author (b. 1915)

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Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein the Younger, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (source)

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