1865: Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in the United States. Early suffragists were vital to the abolition movement.
1882: Anna Pavlova, Russian classical ballerina, formed her own company, became 1st ballerina to tour ballet worldwide, born.
1902: Alva Myrdal, Swedish sociologist, politician, & Nobel Peace Prize winner, chair of UNESCO’s social science section, born
1902: Tallulah Bankhead, American actress known for her wit, sexual exploits, & hard-partying lifestyle, born.
1921: Carol Channing, American actress & comedian, best known for originating the role of Dolly in ‘Hello Dolly,’ born.
1934: Etta Moten sings for President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 1st time a Black actress performs at the White House.
1938: Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, current queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, born.
1986: Mary Lund, MN, USA, becomes the 1st female recipient of an artificial heart.
2006: Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, retires.