January 31st

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.

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One response to “January 31st

  1. Ronnie crimes

    Shelby I enjoyed reading your radical women in history post for january. Just wondering r u gone post any feburary history .

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