January 28th

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.

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