October 29

Events in Women’s History

Jane Toppan (artist unknown)

Jane Toppan (source)

1901 – Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine. She subsequently confesses to murdering 31 people.

1966 – October 29 and 30,the first organizing conference is held for the National Organization for Women. Officers are elected including Betty Friedan as the first president of the group.


Queen Marie of Romania (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Queen Marie of Romania (Courtesy of the Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection source)

1832 – Narcisa de Jesús, Ecuadorian saint (d. 1869)

1837 – Harriet Powers, African-American quilter and folk artist. Her quilts are on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. (d. 1910)

1875 – Marie of Romania, Queen consort of Romania as wife of Ferdinand I (d. 1938)

1877 – Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film producer (d. 1966)

1891 – Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (d. 1951)

1923 – Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs, Dutch athelete, Gold medalist in the 1948 Summer Olympics

1930 – Bertha Brouwer, Dutch athelete, Olympic Silver medalist (d. 2006)

1930 – Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor and painter (d. 2002)

1930 – Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer (Cuarteto d’Aida)

1930 – Natalie Sleeth, American composer (d. 1992)

1936 – Akiko Kojima, Japanese model, Miss Universe 1959

1938Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian politician, 24th and current President of Liberia, first elected female head of state in Africa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient for 2011


1829 – Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist (b. 1751)

1947 – Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston, First Lady of the United States as wife of Grover Cleveland (d. 1864)

1958 – Zoë Akins, American playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner (b. 1886)

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Maria Anna Mozart circa 1763 by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni

Maria Anna Mozart circa 1763 by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni (source)

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