September 12

Events in Women’s History

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison (source)

1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.

1953 – Jacqueline Lee Bouvier marries U.S. Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison becomes the first African-American woman in space on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Births

Florence Kelly

Florence Kelley (source)

1853 – Celestia Parrish, educator

1859 – Florence Kelley, American social and political reformer and activist, worked in favor of minimum wage, 8-hour workdays and against child labor and sweatshops. (d. 1932)

1897 – Grietje Jansen-Anker, Dutch super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1897 Irène Joliot-Curie, French physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1935, daughter of Nobel laureates Marie and Pierre Curie (d. 1956)

1898 – Alma Moodie, Australian violinist (d. 1943)

1920 – Irene Dailey, American actress (d. 2008)

1927 – Mathé Altéry, French soprano

1933 – Tatiana Doronina, Russian actress

1938 – Tatiana Troyanos, American soprano (d. 1993)

Deaths

640 – Sak K’uk’, Maya Queen of Palenque, her father had no male heirs so she ascended to the throne on his death in 612. She turned the reign over to her son at his maturity in 615. Her date of birth is unknown.

1369 – Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster, wife of John of Gaunt and mother of Henry IV of England (b. 1345)

1927 – Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1847)

1934Catherine Breshkovskaya, Russian revolutionary better known as “Babushka the Grandmother of the Russian Revolution” (b. 1844) (Link is to her bio on the Sparticus Educational website.)

1973 – Majorie Merriweather Post, American socialite, founder of General Foods, Inc. and at one time the wealthiest woman in America (b. 1887)

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The Marriage of John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lancaster in Reading Abbey on 19 May 1359 by Horace Wright (1914), The Museum of Reading.

The Marriage of John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lancaster in Reading Abbey on 19 May 1359 by Horace Wright (1914), (source)

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