#31DaysofWomenMakingHistory: On this day in women’s history

Here’s what happened on this 18th day of March:

235 – Julia Mamaea and her son the Emperor Alexander Severus were killed ending the Severan dynasty of Rome. (Possibly occurred on March 19.)

1869 – US Abolitionist Harriet Tubman marries civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY

1899 – Phoebe, a moon of the planet Saturn, was discovered.

1922 – The first Bat Mitzvah is held in the United States for Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan.

1933 – US Ladies’ Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson

1943 – Agnes Moorehead appears in “Sorry, Wrong Number” on the radio program “Suspense”, her most successful appearance

1973 – Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

1979 – Iranian authorities detained American feminist Kate Millett. The next day she was deported.

1979 – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic

1984 – chris johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open

1990 – Thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The value was $100 million making it the largest art robbery in history.

1990 – Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Ope

1991 – Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell

1992 – Leona Hemsly was sentenced to 4 years in prison for tax evasion.

1992Donna Summer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 – Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC

1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy

1995 – Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada (31) at the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

1995 – In New York, Madonna celebrated the premiere of her “Bedtime Story” video with a pajama party. The gathering was for 1,500 guests that were in pajamas and had teddy bears.

1997Joni Mitchell announced that she had reunited with a daughter she had given up for adoption many years earlier.

2006 – Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi

2012 – “Twilight” actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces “Beverly Hills 90210” actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage


1496 – Mary Tudor, Queen consort of France as wife of Louis XII (d. 1533)

1634 – Madame de La Fayette, French author of La Princesse de Clèves, possibly France’s first historical novel (d. 1693)

1848 – Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne and Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

1851 – Rose Coghlan, British stage actress, made her Broadway debut in 1872 (d. 1932)

1875 – Anna Hempstead Branch, American poet (d. 1937)

1891 – Alice Cullen, Scottish politician (d. 1969)

1891 – Margaret Culkin Banning, American author and women’s rights avocate (d. 1982)

1904 – Margaret Tucker, Australian author and activist (d. 1996)

1907 – Eleanor L “Betty” Compton, US actress (Here Comes Trouble)

1907 – Rosita Moreno, Spanish film and television actress

1928 – Julia Mullock, American-Korean wife of Yi Gu, Prince Imperial Hoeun of Korea; her Imperial title was disputed because, although legally married in the US, the marriage wasn’t recognized in Korea

1941 – Margie Bowes

1943 – Leslie Parrish (Fleck)

1959 – Irene Cara, Singer

1963 –Vanessa Williams, Singer, actress

1964 – Bonnie Blair, speed skater, one of the most successful Winter Olympians in U.S. history, 5 time gold medalist

1964 – Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist

1967 -Miki Berenyi, Musician (Lush)

1969 – Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)

 1970 – Queen Latifah,Rapper, actress

1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress


235 – Julia Mamaea, mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus (b. circa 180)

1898 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, abolitionist, suffragist and freethinker (b. 1826)

1963 – Wanda Hawley, American silent film actress and singer (b. 1895)







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