January 26th

1826: Julia Dent Grant, First Lady to Ulysses S. Grant, author of ‘The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant’, born

1831: Mary Mapes Dodge, author of ‘Hans Brinker or, the Silver Skates,’ editor of St. Nicholas’s Magazine, born.

1833: Elisabet Ney, German-born sculptor influential in the early TX art scene, co-founder of the Univ. of TX Art Dept, born.

1872: Julia Morgan, 1st woman licensed architect in CA, innovative architect of Hearst Castle & over 700 buildings, born

1893: Wu Yifang, China’s 1st woman university president, the only woman in China’s delegation at the founding of the UN, born.

1905: Maria von Trapp, the step-mother & leader of the Trapp Family Singers whose story inspired ‘The Sound of Music,’ born.

1944: Angela Davis, revolutionary supporter of the Black Panther Party, the Civil Rights & feminist movements, prison reformer, born.

1961: JFK appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.

1966: Dame Annabelle Rankin appointed Minister for Housing, the 1st woman to be appointed to a cabinet position in Australia.

1972: Serbian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute after plane she is working on explodes.

1990: Elaine W. Steward named assistant general manager of Boston Red Sox, 1st Black woman executive in professional baseball.

2000: Thomas Jefferson National Foundation acknowledged that Jefferson was probably father to at least 1 of the children of his slave, Sally Heming.

2005: Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.


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