October 8

Events in Women’s History

Empress Myeongseong of Korea (source)

Empress Myeongseong of Korea (source)

1200Isabella of Angoulême is crowned Queen consort of England.

1645 – Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

1895 – Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.


Emily Blackwell c. 1880

Emily Blackwell c. 1880 (source)

1515Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox as wife of Matthew Stewart (d. 1578)

1794 – Caroline Howard Gilman, American author (d. Sept 15, 1888)

1807 – Harriet Taylor Mill, English philosopher (d. 1858)

1826 – Emily Blackwell, physician, third woman to earn a medical degree in the US, sister of Elizabeth Blackwell (d. 1910)

1847 – Rose Scott, Australian activist (d. 1925)

1858 – Marie Van Zandt, American operatic soprano (d. 1919)

1863 – Edythe Chapman, American actress (d. 1948)

1892 – Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (d. 1941)

1910 – Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)

1930 – Faith Ringgold, African-American artist, feminist and activist. She is best known for her painted story quilts.

1936 – Rona Barrett, American columnist


976 – Helen of Zadar, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Croatia as wife of King Michael Krešimir II. Also known as Helen the Glorious.

1953 – Kathleen Ferrier, English soprano (b. 1912)

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Helen of Zadar Photo: Roberta F., Wikipedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Helen of Zadar
Photo: Roberta F., Wikipedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0, source)

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