October 28

Events in Women’s History

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (source)

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (source)

1976 – Máire Drumm, vice president of Sinn Féin and a commander in Cumann na mBan, is assasinated while recovering in Mater Hospital of Belfast. She is killed by loyalist paramilitaries from both the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association.

2007 – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina.  She is the second woman to hold the position. She took office on December 10, 2007.


Maria Anna of Neuburg by W. Humer

Maria Anna of Neuburg by W. Humer (source)

1667 – Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen consort of Spain as the second wife of Charles II (d. 1740)

1767Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway as wife of Frederick VI (d. 1852)

1842 – Anna Dickinson, American abolitionist, suffragist and orator, first woman to speak before the US Congress (d. 1932)

1856 – Anna Klumpke, American portrait and genre painter, known for her portraits of famous women, author of a biography of painter Rosa Bonheur and her own autobiography (d. 1942)

1856 – Carolina Maria Benedicks-Bruce, Swedish sculptor, founder with her husband of the artist’s estate Brucebo on Gotland, known for her work on preservation of buildings, women’s suffrage, and the Swedish Women’s Voluntary Defence Service (d. 1935)

1889 – Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress and singer (d. 1975)

1897 – Edith Head, American costume designer (d. 1981)

1901 – Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (d. 1979)

1902 – Elsa Lanchester, British actress (d. 1986)

1916 – Pearl Hackney, British actress (d. 2009)

1927 – Cleo Laine, British singer and actress

1927 – Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (d. 1995)

1929 – Joan Plowright, British actress

1932 – Suzy Parker, American actress (d. 2003)

1938 – Anne Perry, British author

1939 – Jane Alexander, American actress, former director of the National Endowment for the Arts

1940 – Susan Harris, American scriptwriter and producer


1312 – Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Germany (b. 1262)

1412 – Margaret I, Queen regnant of Denmark, Queen of Sweden and Norway as wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)

1740 – Anna Ioannovna, Duchess of Courland and Empress of all the Russias (b. 1693)

1806 – Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and author (b. 1749)

1818 – Abigail Adams, First Lady of the United States as wife of John Adams (b. 1744)

1939 – Alice Brady, American actress (b. 1892)

1969 – Constance Dowling, American actress (b. 1920)

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Abigail Adams by Benjamin Blythe

Abigail Adams by Benjamin Blythe (source)

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