August

DateEvent
08-01-1786Caroline Herschel, astronomer, became the first woman to discover a comet; helped detect Uranus; discovered 16 nebulae and 8 comets
08-02-1942Isabel Allende was born in Peru, author of many books including "The House of Spirits"
08-03-1902Regina Jonas was born in Germany, first woman to be a rabbi, in 1935
08-04-1900Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain was born; ruled from 1936 to 1952
08-05-1984Joan Benoit won the first women's marathon in the Olympics in 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 52 seconds
08-06-1926Gertrude Ederle, at only 19 years old, became the first woman to swim the English Channel
08-07-1876Mata Hari (real name Margaretha Zelle) was born in The Netherlands, dancer and alleged WWI spy for Germany
08-08-1983Christine Craft, TV journalist, won her lawsuit for age discrimination, although the verdict was later overturned
08-09-1963Whitney Houston was born, singer, 1st woman to enter the Billboard album charts at #1
08-10-1993Ruth Bader Ginsberg was sworn in as the 2nd woman on the U.S. Supreme Court
08-11-1862Sarah Bernhardt, actress, appeared on stage for the first time
08-12-1880Radclyffe Hall was born, author of "The Well of Loneliness" in 1928 which was banned for its lesbian theme
08-13-1860Annie Oakley was born, sharpshooter, starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
08-14-1928Lina Wertműller was born, Italian, movie director and screenwriter, focused on political and gender issues
08-15-1912Julia Child was born, chef, author, TV personality
08-16-1958Madonna was born, singer and actress
08-17-1892Mae West was born, entertainer, actress, Hollywood legend
08-18-1920The last state, Tennessee, ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote
08-19-1883Coco Chanel was born, famous fashion designer
08-20-1841Maria Louise Pool was born, author
08-21-1893Lili Boulanger was born, French composer, first woman winner of the Prix de Rome in 1913
08-22-1893Dorothy Parker was born, writer, poet, humorist, screenwriter
08-23-1969Audrey McElmury, cyclist, became the first American to win the Road World Championship when she won in Czechoslavakia
08-24-1608(@date) Basua Makin was born, founder of a school for girls in England, advocate for girls' education
08-25-1927Althea Gibson was born, tennis champion, first African-American woman to enter (and later win) Wimbledon
08-26-1973Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, was designated by U.S. Congress
08-27-1796Sophia Smith was born, cofounder of Smith College in 1875
08-28-1774Elizabeth Seton was born, first native-born American to become a saint, in 1975
08-29-1915Ingrid Bergman was born, actress, Oscar and Emmy award winner; films include "Casablanca" and "Notorious"
08-30-1797Mary (Wollstonecraft) Shelley was born, author of "Frankenstein"
08-31-1870Maria Montessori was born, educator who developed the Montessori Method