September 4

Events in Women’s History

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in 1942

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in 1942 (source)

1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons. She was Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948.

Births

Sarah Childress Polk, official White House portrait

Sarah Childress Polk, official White House portrait (source)

1557 – Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (d. 1631)

1803 – Sarah Childress Polk, American wife of James K. Polk, 12th First Lady of the United States (d. 1891)

1848 – Jennie Lee, American actress (d. 1925)

1896 – Aspasia Manos, Greek wife of Alexander of Greece (d. 1972)

1924 – Joan Aiken, English author (d. 2004)

1931 – Mitzi Gaynor, American actress, singer, and dancer

1937 – Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer

1941 – Marilena Chaui, Brazilian philosopher

Deaths

1199 – Joan of England, Queen of Sicily as wife of William II (b. 1165)

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Joan with her brother Richard I greeting Philip II

Joan with her brother Richard I greeting Philip II from a manuscript by Matthew Paris (source)

2 thoughts on “September 4

  1. Two births:

    September 4, 1905 – Mary Renault, British author of novels about Ancient Greece, including “The Mask of Apollo” and her trilogy on Alexander the Great

    September 4, 1906 – Elaine Yoneda born, International Longshoreman’s Union labor organizer, argued for free day care and equal pay for equal work in 1930s, interned in 1942 with her Japanese-American husband and two-year-old son

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