1840: Adelina Patti, highly acclaimed 19th-century opera soprano who performed for 61 years, born. http://bit.ly/wwVGyN
1870: The Young Women’s Christian Association opens in NYC.
1872: Marguerite Milton Wells, Minnesota suffragist leader who became the 3rd president of the League of Women Voters, born.
1883: Edith Clarke, 1st woman employed as an electrical engineer & 1st female professor of electrical engineering, born.
1907: Grace Towns Hamilton, civil rights activist, 1st Black woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, born.
1917: Plant scientist Johanna Westerdijk becomes the 1st female professor in the Netherlands.
1927: Leontyne Price, soprano, one of the 1st African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera, born.
1940: Roberta Flack, US singer known for songs like “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, born.
1992: Boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping a Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington.
2001: Sold-out presentation of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at Madison Square Garden raised $1 million V-Day movement.