Events in Women’s History
1154 – Eleanor of Aquitaine becomes Queen of England as wife of Henry II after the death of King Stephen of England.
1761 – Abigail Smith, future First Lady of the United States, marries John Adams.
1783 – Deborah Sampson received an honorable discharge from the Continental army after serving one and a half years disguised as her deceased brother, Robert Shurtlieff Sampson.
1510 – Renée of France, Duchess of Ferrara, ally of John Calvin and supporter of the Protestant Reformation (d. 1574)
1692 – Elisabeth Farnese, Queen Isabel de Farnesio, as wife of Philip V of Spain (d. 1766)
1759 – Maria Feodorovna, Empress consort of all the Russias as wife of Paul I (d. 1828)
1803 – Maria Doolaeghe, Flemish author (d. 1884)
1837 – Anna Richardson Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1926)
1903 – Katharine Byron, American politician and first woman elected to Congress from Maryland (d. 1976)
1912 – Minnie Pearl, American comedian and singer (d. 1996)
1926 – Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano (d. 2012)
1927 – Barbara Cook, American singer and actress
1928 – Jeanne Cooper, American actress (d. 2013)
1928 – Marion Ross, American actress
1931 – Annie Girardot, French actress (d. 2011)
1936 – Masako Nozawa, Japanese actress
1941 – Helen Reddy, Australian singer and actress
1941 – Anne Tyler, American author
1478 – Catherine, Queen of Bosnia as wife of Stephen Thomas, went into exile when the Ottomans invaded Bosnia, eventually lived out her life in Rome (b. 1425)
1555 – Olympia Fulvia Morata, Italian classical scholar, companion and instructor to Anna d’Este (b. 1526)
1892 – Caroline Scott Harrison, painter, music teacher and First Lady of the US as wife of Benjamin Harrison (b. 1832)
1938 – Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (b. 1892)