1844: Bernadette Soubirous, whose visions of healing spring water at 14 put her on the path to Catholic Sainthood, born.
1861: Louise Guiney, Boston poet & novelist & biographer of Irish female figures, born. http://bit.ly/htWGam
1896: Fannie Farmer’s 1st cookbook released. It introduced the concept of using standardized measurements of cups & spoons.
1901: Zora Neale Hurston, author of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ & fabulous female figure of the Harlem Renaissance, born.
1955: Singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.
1957: Katie Couric, 1st woman to permanently anchor a evening newscast on American TV, colon cancer awareness activist, born.
2002: Shirley Franklin is sworn in as the first female mayor of Atlanta and the only African American female mayor of a major American city.