October 31

Events in Women’s History

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi (source)

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and thousands of Sikhs are killed.

Births

Queen Louise of Denmark (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

Queen Louise of Denmark (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection source)

1613Luisa de Guzmán, Queen consort of Portugal as wife of John VI, regent during her son’s minority and beyond, mother of two kings, Alfonso VI and Pedro II and Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England  (d. 1666)

1851 – Louise of Sweden, Queen consort of Denmark as wife of Frederick VIII (d. 1926)

1852 – Mary Wilkins Freeman, American author (d. 1930)

1860 – Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts (d. 1927)

1874 – Mary Swartz Rose, American scientist and educator. She earned her Ph.D. in 1909 from Yale in physiological chemistry. (d. 1941)

1876 – Natalie Clifford Barney, American poet and playwright (d. 1972)

1879 – Sara Allgood, Irish actress (d. 1950)

1883 – Marie Laurencin, French painter (d. 1956)

1890 – Susie Gibson, American super-centenarian (d. 2006)

1896 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)

1897 – Delma Kollar, American super-centenarian (d. 2012)

1908 – Muriel Duckworth, Canadian activist (d. 2009)

1912 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2001)

1915 – Jane Jarvis, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)

1919 – Daphne Oxenford, British actress (d. 2012)

1922 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress and author (d. 2005)

1928 – Cleo Moore, American actress (d. 1973)

1929 – Olga Zubarry, Argentinian actress (d. 2012)

1932 – Katherine Paterson, American author

1933 – Narriman Sadek, the last Queen of Egypt as wife of Farouk I of Egypt (d. 2005)

1934 – Fillie Lyckow, Swedish actress

Deaths

1214 – Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile (b. 1163)

1884 – Marie Bashkirtseff, Ukrainian diarist, painter and sculptor (b. 1858)

1903 – Charlotte Spencer, Countess Spencer and diarist (b. 1835)

1984 – Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India (b. 1917)

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Marie Bashkirtseff, 1880 (self-portrait)

Marie Bashkirtseff, 1880 self-portrait (source)

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