January 7th

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.


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