1572: Jeanne-Francoise de Chantal, Catholic Saint, founder of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, born.
1693: Anna Ivanovna, Empress of Russia from 1730 to 1740, born.
1862: Hannah Bachman Einstein, advocate for widowed mother’s pensions, wrote NY Child Welfare Law of 1915, 1st in US, born.
1873: Colette, French novelist most famous for her novel Gigi, performed in dance hall, had affairs w/ women, born.
1903: Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer, 1st woman elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, born. http://ht.ly/3LR9v
1908: Julia Ward Howe, author of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’, became the 1st woman elected to American Academy of Arts & Letters.
1935: Iceland becomes the first country to officially legalize abortion.
1938: Crystal Bird Fauset elected to the PA state legislature, becoming the 1st African American female state legislator.
1969: Barbara Jo Rubin becomes the 1st woman jockey (horse racing) to win in North America.
1986: 1st women killed in US space program (Judith Resnick, Christa McAuliffe) as Challenger explodes, killing all 7 aboard.