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

Let us take a trip down memory lane on this 20th day of March and witness the events in women’s history…

1848  King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19th century

1890 – The General Federation of Womans’ Clubs was founded.

1899 – At Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter.

1920 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld

1952  24th Academy Awards – “American in Paris”, Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win

1963  Sikkim crown prince Paldan Thondup Namgyal marries Hope Cooke

1965  Civil and Women’s Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the “New York Amsterdam News”

1966  Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St Petersburg Women’s Golf Open

1967  The Supremes release “The Happening”

1967 – Twiggy arrived in the U.S. for a one-week stay.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.

1970 David Bowie and Angela Barnett were married.

1976  Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.

1981 – Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron was sentenced to eight years in a convent

1981 – Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr

1982 – Joan Jett & Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” goes #1 for 7 wks

1983  Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open

1985 – Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

1986 – Fallon Carrington and Jeff Colby were wed on the TV drama “The Colby’s”. “The Colby’s” was an offshoot of “Dynasty”.

1987 – Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies’ world record 5 km (7:20.36)

1988 – Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

1990 – Imelda Marcos, widow of ex-Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, went on trial for racketeering, embezzlement and bribery.

1990 Gloria Estefan and her band are injured in a bus accident near Scranton, PA.

1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.

1991  Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney

1992 – Noriega’s wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses

1992 – Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for accident on the set of the “Price is Right” TV show.

1993  Talk show host Morton Downey Jr (59) weds producer Lori Krebs (29) in Bellmore, New York

1994 – Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament

1999  “Smallville” actress Annette O’ Toole (46) weds “Laverne and Shirley” actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

2002 – Actress Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C.

2002  16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O’Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins

2004 – 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

2009  “Dawson’s Creek” actor Kerr Smith (37) divorces actress Harmoni Everett (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage


Happy Birthday to:

1469 – Cecily of York, Viscountess of Welles as wife of John Welles, daughter of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville

1845 – Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell, American author and art historian, known for her two-volume work A History of Ancient Sculpture

1869 – Belle Sherwin, American educator and women’s rights activist, daughter of Henry Alden Sherwin founder of Sherwin-Williams Company

1879 – Maud Menten, Canadian physician and biochemist, known for the Michaelis-Menten equation

1902 – Kathryn Forbes, short story writer (mama’s bank account)

1907 – Ruby Muhammad, American spiritual leader, given the honorific “Mother of the Nation of Islam” by Louis Farrakhan

1913  Judith Evelyn, Seneca SD, actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window)

1915 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American singer,songwriter and guitarist with cross-over appeal in gospel, jazz, blues and pop, “the original soul sister”

1917 – Dame Vera Lynn, British singer-songwriter and actress, very popular during WWII

1918 – Marian McPartland, English-born American jazz pianist and composer, host of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on National Public Radio

1920 – Pamela Harriman, English-born American diplomat, United States Ambassador to France

1920 – Vickie Panos, Canadian professional baseball player, outfielder; she batted and threw left-handed

1920 – Rosemary Timperley, British author, best known for her ghost stories

1937  Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor

1937 – Lois Lowry, American author, known for her children’s books, Newbery Medal recipient

1948 – Pamela Sargent, US, sci-fi author (Venus of Dreams, Cloned Lives)

1949  Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist

1951 – Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life)

1954 – Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician

1954  Marcia Ball,Blues singer, musician

1957 -Theresa Russell, Actress 

1957 – Vanessa Bell Calloway, Actress 

1958 -Holly Hunter, Actress

1961 – Kathy Guadagnino, Albany NY, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women’s Open)

1963 – Kathy Ireland, Model

1964  Ruth Davidon, Balt MD, rower (Olympics-6th-96)

1964 – Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer

1965 – Danielle Woodward, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96)

1966 – Alka Yagnik, Indian singer

1967 – Dana Rinehart Dalton, Orlando Florida, Miss Florida-America (1991)

1968  Liza Snyder, Actress (“Yes, Dear”)

1968 – Sheree Megan Higgins, Matamata NZ, golfer (1991 Bridgestone)

1969  Caroline Brunet, Quebec City Quebec, kayaker (Olympics-silver-96)

1969 – Sharon Manning, WNBA center/forward (Charlotte Sting)

1970  Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-96), born in Santa Monica, California

1971  Janis Kelly, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyball player (Olympics-96)

1973 – Jane March, Edgeware England, actress (Love)

1974 – Paula Garces, Colombian actress

1979 – Molly Jenson, American musician

1979 – Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress

1979 – Freema Agyeman, British actress

1979 – Bianca Lawson, American actress

1979  Bianca Lawson, Actress

1984  Justine Ezarik, American Internet personality

1984 – Winta, Norwegian musician

1984 – Christy Carlson Romano, American actress



Rest in peace:

1730 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress, her death inspired plays, opera and a poem by Voltaire

1816 – Maria I, Queen regnant of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves, known as Maria the Pious and considered a good ruler until her mental health began to deteriorate around 1786

1934 – Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands and Duchess of Luxembourg as wife of William III, regent for her daughter Queen Wilhelmina

1951 – Kathleen Lockhart Manning, composer, dies at 60

1972 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress

1992  Avonne Taylor, actress (My Best Girl, Honor Among Lovers), dies at 93

1993  Claudia Yeltsin, mother of Russian president Yeltsin, dies at 85

1997 – Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101

2004  Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

2010  Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)











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