January 19th

1803: Sarah Helen Power Whitman, Transcendentalist poet, suffragist, Spiritualist, almost wife of Edgar Allen Poe, born.

1905: Oveta Culp Hobby, 1st Secretary of the Dept of Health, Education, & Welfare, 2nd woman in the U.S. Cabinet, born.

1953: Lucy Ricardo gave birth to Little Ricky on TV’s “I Love Lucy.” To increase publicity of the episode, the original air date was chosen to coincide with Lucille Ball’s real-life delivery of Desi, Jr., via Caesarean section.

1966: Indira Gandhi elected prime minister of India. She is India’s only female PM to date. http://bit.ly/eQYquj

1990: Elizabeth M. Watson becomes head of the Houston police, 1st woman to lead a police force of a major US city. http://bit.ly/eAqMYH

 

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