September 18

Events in Women’s History

Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase Smith (source)

1919 – The Netherlands gives women the right to vote

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator’s term, when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.

1975 – Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List.

Births

Doris Blackburn (PD - Australia and US)

Doris Blackburn (source)

1344 – Marie of Valois, Duchess of Bar (d. 1404)

1434 – Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress (d. 1467)

1587 – Francesca Caccini, Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet and teacher, known by the nickname “La Cecchina”, one of the most well-known and influential female European composers between Hildegard of Bingen and the 19th century. Her work, La liberazione di Ruggiero, is considered by many the first opera by a woman composer. (d. 1641)

1858 – Kate Booth, English Salvation Army officer (d. 1955)

1888 – Toni Wolff, Swiss psychologist (d. 1953)

1889 – Doris Blackburn, Australian activist and Member of Parliament(d. 1970)

1894 – Fay Compton, English actress (d. 1978)

1905 – Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1993)

1905 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (d. 1990)

1912 – María De la Cruz, Chilean activist and journalist (d. 1995)

1923 – Queen Anne of Romania

1923 – Bertha Wilson, Canadian jurist (d. 2007)

1929 – Teddi King, American singer (d. 1977)

1929 – Nancy Littlefield, American director and producer (d. 2007)

Deaths

1952 – Frances Alda, New Zealand-Australian soprano (b. 1879)

1962 – Therese Neumann, German mystic and stigmatic (b. 1898)

1980 – Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist (b. 1890)

1986 – Pat Phoenix, English actress (b. 1923)

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Frances Alda, 1920s (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Frances Alda, 1920s (source)

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