September 11

Events in Women’s History

Lithograph of Jenny Lind, 1850 (Photo: D'Avignon, based on Poly Von Schneidau Daguerrotype, PD in US, courtesy Library of Congress)

Lithograph of Jenny Lind, 1850 (Photo: D’Avignon, based on Poly Von Schneidau Daguerrotype, source)

1850 – Jenny Lind, Swedish operatic soprano, known as the Swedish nightingale, held her first US concert

Births

Mary Clyens Lease (PD, Wikimedia Commons)

Mary Clyens Lease in the 1890s (source)

1476 – Louise of Savoy, writer and educator

1806 – Juliette Magill Kinzie, writer of history and Native American legends

1847 – Mary Whitney, astronomer

1850 – Mary Elizabeth Lease, American author, lecturer and reformer, best known for her work with the Populist Party.

1877 – Rosika Schwimmer, writer and reformer

1917 – Jessica Mitford, English author and journalist (d. 1996)

1923 – Betsy Drake, French-American actress

1927 – Christine King Farris, American educator

1934 – Norma Croker, Australian sprinter

1942 – Lola Falana, American singer, dancer and actress

Deaths

1161 – Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, regent for her son (b. 1105)

1599 – Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman (b. 1577)

1947 – Alice Keppel, English mistress of Edward VII (b. 1868)

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Melisenda, Queen of Jerusalem at her coronation

Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem at her coronation (source)

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