January 25th

1810: Clarina Nichols, activist & speaker for abolitionist, temperance, & women’s rights movemenst, born.  http://ht.ly/3JNGO

1851: Abolitionist & reformer Sojourner Truth addressed the 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

1858: Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria, married as Mendelssohn’s Wedding March played, starting a custom.

1871: Maud Park, suffragist & child labor reformer, 1st president of the League of Women Voters, born.

1882: Virginia Woolf, British novelist, author of ‘A Room of One’s Own,’ ‘Orlando,’ & ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ & many more, born.

1890: Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg’s time around world by 8 days (72 days). http://ht.ly/3JOac

1933: Corazon Aquino, 1st female President of the Philippines, 1st democratically elected female head of state in Asia, born.

1949: Axis Sally trial begins. The American was charged with broadcasting Nazi propaganda during WWII

1950: Gloria Gaynor, US singer, best known for disco hits like ‘I Will Survive,’ & ‘I Am What I Am,’ born. Video: http://ht.ly/3JOUr

1966: Constance Baker Motley becomes the 1st African American woman appointed to a US federal judgeship.

1972: Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for the US presidency, the 1st Black woman to do so. Text: http://ht.ly/3JPdi

1980: Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile under 4 1/2 minutes, running it at 4:17.55.

1981: Chairman Mao’s widow, Jiang Qing, sentenced to death for role in China’s ‘Cultural Revolution.’ It was later commuted.

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