October 4

Events in Women’s History

I am unaware of any significant events in Women’s History. If you know of any, please leave a comment so that I can add it. Thank you!


Jacqueline Pascal, 1600s

Jacqueline Pascal, 1600s (source)

1276 – Margaret of Brabant, Queen of Germany as wife of Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1311)

1585 – Anna of Tyrol, Holy Roman Empress, Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia as wife of Matthias (d. 1618)

1625 – Jacqueline Pascal, French nun, writer, sister of Blaise Pascal, composed verses as early as 8 years old; A follower of the Dutch theologian Cornelius Jansen, she became a nun in 1952 and was later compelled to accept the Papal bulls condemning Jensenism. She died on her 36th birthday, October 4, 1661.

1810 – Eliza McCardle Johnson, First Lady of the United States as wife of Andrew Johnson (d. 1876)

1836 – Juliette Adam, French author (d. 1936)

1841 – Maria Sophie of Bavaria, the last Queen consort of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as wife of Francis II (d. 1925)

1864 – Eliza Kellas, educator, principal of Emma Willard School, co-founder of Russell Sage College (d. 1943)

1917 – Violeta Parra, Chilean singer-songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist (d. 1967)

1937 – Jackie Collins, British author and actress


1582 – Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun, Roman Catholic saint and author, founder with John of the Cross of the Discalced Carmelites (b. 1515)

1661 – Jacqueline Pascal, French nun (b. 1625)

1890 – Catherine Booth, British co-founder of The Salvation Army (b. 1829)

1922 – Ellis Rowan, Australian painter, known for her many paintings of plants, birds and insects (b. 1848)

1935 – Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)

1943 – Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish lieutenant and intelligence agent (b. 1906)

1951 – Henrietta Lacks, American patient, HeLa cells for research are derived from her cervical cancer (b. 1920)

1958 – Ida Wüst, German actress (b. 1884)

1970 – Janis Joplin, American singer, songwriter, arranger, painter and dancer, known for several genres but especially psychedelic and acid rock; she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.  (b. 1943)

1974 – Anne Sexton, American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner (b. 1928)

1975 – Joan Whitney Payson, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1903)

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Teresa of Ávila by Peter Paul Rubens, 1615

Teresa of Ávila by Peter Paul Rubens, 1615 (source)

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  1. A follower of the Dutch theologian Cornelius Jansen, she became a nun in 1952 I think the 5 and 9 got transposed

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