1826: Matilda Joslyn Gage, US suffragist, historian, & Native American rights activist, born. http://bit.ly/dJShNx
1830: Margaret Newton Van Cott, 1st woman licensed to preach in the US Methodist Episcopal Church, born. http://bit.ly/GYUDud
1911: Triangle Waist Factory killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, sparking labor activism & reform legislation.
1914: Aline Saarinen, art critic, journalist, moderated ‘For Women Only,’ show that discussed birth control & abortion, born.
1925: Flannery O’Connor, US novelist & essayist know for her Southern settings & characters & Catholic themes, born.
1934: Gloria Steinem, US feminist activist, journalist, founder of Ms. Magazine, The National Women’s Political Caucus & The Women’s Media Center, born.
1942: Aretha Franklin, US singer, songwriter & pianist known at the ‘Queen of Soul,’ 18-time Grammy winner, born.
1967: Debi Thomas, US figure skater who became the 1st African American to win a medal at the winder Olympic games, born.
1971: Sheryl Swoopes, US basketball player who played in 1st WNBA season, 1st woman to have a Nike shoe named after her, born.