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By Jeanne Robinson  
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AUGUST

 
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1786

Caroline Herschel, astronomer, became the first woman to discover a comet; helped detect Uranus; discovered 16 nebulae and 8 comets

1942

Isabel Allende was born in Peru, writer of many books including "The House of Spirits"

1902

Regina Jonas was born in Germany, first woman to be a rabbi, in 1935

1900

Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain was born; ruled from 1936 to 1952

1984

Joan Benoit won the first women's marathon in the Olympics in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds

1926

Gertrude Ederle, at only 19 years old, became the first woman to swim the English Channel

1876

Mata Hari (real name Margaretha Zelle) was born in The Netherlands, dancer and alleged WWI spy for Germany

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1983

Christine Craft, TV journalist, won her lawsuit for age discrimination, although the verdict was later overturned

1963

Whitney Houston was born, singer, 1st woman to enter the Billboard album charts at #1

1993

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was sworn in as the 2nd woman on the U.S. Supreme Court

1862

Sarah Bernhardt, actress, appeared on stage for the first time

1880

Radclyffe Hall was born, author of "The Well of Loneliness" in 1928 which was banned for its lesbian theme

1860

Annie Oakley was born, sharpshooter, starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

1928

Lina Wertműller was born, Italian, movie director and screenwriter, focused on political and gender issues

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1912

Julia Child was born, chef, author, TV personality

1958

Madonna was born, singer and actress

1892

Mae West was born, entertainer, actress, Hollywood legend

1920

The last state, Tennessee, ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the right to vote

1883

Coco Chanel was born, famous fashion designer

1841

Maria Louise Pool was born, author

1893

Lili Boulanger was born, composer, first woman winner of the Prix de Rome in 1913

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1893

Dorothy Parker was born, writer, poet, humorist, screenwriter

2006

Natascha Kampusch, of Austria, age 18, managed to escape from her kidnapper after 8 years of captivity

1608 (circa)

Basua Makin was born, founder of a school for girls in England, advocate for girls' education

1927

Althea Gibson was born, tennis champion, first black woman to enter (and later win) Wimbledon

 

Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920

1796

Sophia Smith was born, cofounder of Smith College in 1875

1774

Elizabeth Seton was born, first native-born American to become a saint, in 1975

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1915

Ingrid Bergman was born, actress, Oscar and Emmy award winner; films include "Casablanca" and "Notorious"

1797

Mary (Wollstonecraft) Shelley was born, author of "Frankenstein"

1870

Maria Montessori was born, educator who developed the Montessori Method

       


 

 
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