1838: Kentucky (US) rules some women, those in rural areas & w/ small children, may vote in school board elections.
1883: Ladies Home Journal publishes first issue, edited by Louisa Knapp Curtis, who would serve as editor until 1890.
1898: Katharine Cornell, US stage actress, writer, theater owner & producer, known as “The First Lady of the Theater,” born.
1900: Mary Switzer, public administrator,worked to improve vocational rehabilitation service for people w/ disabilities, born.
1923: Bessie Smith, ‘The Empress of the Blues,’ records “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
1943: Mildred Hamack executed – the only American woman executed for anti-Nazi underground activity in World War II Germany
1963: Mary Revell, US, becomes the 1st person to complete a round-trip swim in Italy’s Strait of Messina. http://ht.ly/3XBbH
1982: Agatha Barbara becomes the 1st and only female president of The Republic of Malta.
1997: 1st Conference on Feminism & Orthodoxy took place in NYC, leading to founding of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.