January 16th

1837: Ellen Russell Emerson, ethnologist who researched Native American religious stories (but called them “myths”), born.

1908: Ethel Merman, American actor & singer known for her pioneering musical theatre roles, born. http://bit.ly/1uMv

1919: 18th Amendment to US Constitution – Prohibition – is ratified. Many suffragists were active supporters of the amendment.

1920: Zeta Phi Beta, a Black sorority birthed by 5 women at Howard University, is incorporated. http://bit.ly/dEEJBA

1932: Dian Fossey, primatologist, author of Gorillas in the Mist, anti-poaching activist eventually killed by poachers, born.

2006: Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sworn in as Liberia’s president.



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