October 7

Events in Women’s History

Maria Fedorovna c. 1777 by Alexander Roslin (source)

Maria Fedorovna c. 1777 by Alexander Roslin (source)

1391 – Bridget of Sweden is canonized by Pope Boniface IX. She is one of the patron saints of Europe.

1776 – Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg marries Crown Prince Paul of Russia and takes the name Maria Feodorovna. They have a good relationship and she lives to see her husband and two sons, Alexander and Nicholas become Emperor of Russia. (OS date is Sept 26.)

Births

Martha Berry, founder of Berry College (source)

Martha Berry, founder of Berry College (source)

1589 – Maria Maddalena of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, served as regent for her son, Ferdinand, with her mother-in-law, Christina of Lorraine (d. 1631)

1865 – Martha McChesney Berry, American educator and founder of Berry College in Georgia (d. 1942)

1907 – Helen MacInnes, Scottish-American author of espionage novels (d. 1985)

1909 – Anni Blomqvist, Finnish author (d. 1990)

1914 – Sarah Churchill, British actress (d. 1982)

1917 – June Allyson, American actress (d. 2006)

1923 – Irma Grese, German SS officer (d. 1945)

1926 – Diana Lynn, American actress (d. 1971)

1928Lorna Wing, British physician and psychiatrist, pioneer in childhood developmental disorders, developed the approach to Autism as a spectrum disorder, introduced the term Asperger Syndrome, instrumental in founding the National Autistic Society in the UK (d. 2014)

1937 – Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician

Deaths

1571 – Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (b. 1511)

1896 – Emma Darwin, British wife of Charles Darwin, (b. 1808)

1904 – Isabella Bird, British explorer and historian (b. 1831)

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Water-color of Emma Darwin, 1840, by George Richmond

Water-color of Emma Darwin, 1840, by George Richmond (source)

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