September 15

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!


Catherine of Austria c. 1560 (source)

Catherine of Austria c. 1560 (source)

1533 – Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania as the third wife of Sigismund II Augustus; Sigismund’s first wife was her sister Elisa (d. 1572)

1666 – Sophia Dorothea of Celle, wife of the future George I of Great Britain, mother of George II; George divorced her before ascending to the throne and had her imprisoned for thirty years until her death. (d. 1726)

1824 – Adeline Train Whitney, author of books for girls expressing a traditional role for women (d. 1906)

1868 – Lida Shaw King, educator, classicist and college dean and professor of classical literature and archaeology (d. 1932)

1890 – Agatha Christie, DBE, British author, known for crime novels, short stories and plays and especially for the characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple (d. 1976)

1895 – Magda Lupescu, mistress of King Carol II of Romania; she became his wife after he abdicated. (d. 1977)

1904 – Sheilah Graham Westbrook, British-born American columnist, described herself as the “last of the unholy trio” including Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper; all three were syndicated gossip columnists during the Golden Age of Hollywood. (d. 1988)

1910 – Betty Neels, British author, primarily known for romance novels (d. 2001)

1915 – Fawn M. Brodie, American biographer, professor and historian, known for works of psychobiography especially Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History and No Man Knows My History a biography of Joseph Smith (d. 1981)

1917 – Hilde Gueden, Austrian operatic soprano, known for her roles in operas by Strauss and Mozart (d. 1988)

1919 – Heda Margolius Kovály, Czech writer and translator, known for her memoir Under a Cruel Star – A Life in Prague 1941-1968 (d. 2010)

1927 – Erika Köth, German coloratura soprano, known for her exceptionally high range and vocal agility (d. 1981)

1929 – Eva Burrows, Australian community organizer, 13th General of The Salvation Army

1940 – Anne Moody, born Essie Mae Moody, American author and civil rights worker, known for her acclaimed autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi which won the Brotherhood Award from the National Council of Christians and Jews and the Best Book of the Year Award from the National Library Association

1945 – Jessye Mae Norman, American dramatic soprano, known for her Wagnerian repertoire, Grammy Award winner, inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame


Saint Ludmila from a stained glass window at St. Ludmila's Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa   (source)

Saint Ludmila from a stained glass window at St. Ludmila’s Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (source)

921 – Ludmila of Bohemia, Bohemian martyr and saint, venerated in both the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus; she acted as regent for her grandson and was murdered at the order of his mother Drahomira, possibly because of jealousy over her influence. (b. 860)

1835 – Sarah Knox Taylor, daughter of Zachary Taylor and wife of Jefferson Davis; she died three months after her marriage of malaria. (b. 1814)

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