October 6

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!


Jenny Lind, 1950

Jenny Lind, 1950 (source)

1738Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, abbess of the Imperial and Royal Convent for Noble Ladies in Prague and abbess of Klagenfurt (d. 1789)

1820Jenny Lind, Swedish operatic soprano and concert singer, known as the “Swedish Nightingale” (d. 1887)

1892 – Jackie Saunders, American actress (d. 1954)

1895 – Caroline Gordon, American author and critic (d. 1981)

1897 – Florence B. Seibert, American biochemist, developed the standard Tuberculosis skin reaction test (d. 1991)

1905 – Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (d. 1998)

1908 – Carole Lombard, American actress (d. 1942)

1910 – Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, English politician (d. 2002)

1914 – Joan Littlewood, English director (d. 2002)

1915 – Carolyn Goodman, American psychologist and activist (d. 2007)

1915 – Alice Timander, Swedish dentist, entertainer, and “red carpet queen” at theater premiers (d. 2007)

1917 – Fannie Lou Hamer, American activist (d. 1977)

1925 – Shana Alexander, American journalist, first female staff writer for LIFE magazine (d. 2005)

1978 – Liu Yang, chinese pilot and astronaut, first Chinese woman in space on June 16, 2012


404 – Aelia Eudoxia, Empress consort of the Byzantine Empire as wife of Arcadius (b. unknown)

869 – Ermentrude of Orléans, Queen of the Franks as wife of Charles the Bald, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 823)

1644 – Elisabeth of France, Queen consort of Spain and Portugal as wife of Philip IV of Spain (b. 1602)

1676 – Claudia Rusca, Italian composer and singer, nun at the Umiliate monastery of St. Caterina in Brera (b. 1593)

1907 – Mary Jane Hawes Holmes, American author of novels and short stories, sold 2 million books in her lifetime second only to Harriet Beecher Stowe; she has received renewed recognition and appraisal since the late 20th century. (b. 1825)

1912 – Susie King Taylor, American nurse, author and educator, first African-American nurse, tended the First South Carolina Volunteers during the Civil War, known for her memoirs Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers, first African-American to teach openly in a Georgia school for former slaves where she taught adults and children (b. 1848)

1968 – Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (b. 1917)

1979 – Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (b. 1911)

1980 – Hattie Jacques, British actress (b. 1922)

1989 – Bette Davis, American actress, celebrated leading lady of stage, film and television (b. 1908)

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Élisabeth of France, 1632, by Diego Velázquez

Élisabeth of France c. 1632 by Diego Velázquez (source)

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  1. 1993 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
    1983 – Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three Olympic Gold Medals in track and field in one year, was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame

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