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Women in History: April 25th

Events 1985 - The young American peace activist, Samantha Smith, is invited to the Soviet Union by CPSU General Secretary, Yuri Andropov, after she wrote him a letter voicing her concerns about nuclear war. 1990 - Violeta Chamorro becomes the first-ever President of Nicaragua. Born on this day in... 1917 - Ella Fitzgerald (d. 1996),… Continue reading Women in History: April 25th

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Women in History: April 24th

Events 1558 - Mary, Queen of Scots married François, the Dauphin of France at Notre Dame in Paris. 1885 - Annie Oakley, the infamous American sharpshooter joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Born on this day in... 1492 - Sabina of Bavaria-Munich (d. 1564) was the Duchess of Bavaria and wife to Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg. The daughter… Continue reading Women in History: April 24th

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Women in History: April 19th

Events 797 - Empress Irene of the Byzantine Empire deposes her son Constantine VI, who is blinded and who dies shortly afterwards. She assumes the title of Basilissa, the female form of Basileus ("Emperor").     1713 - Although lacking a male heir, Charles VI Holy Roman Emperor issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 which… Continue reading Women in History: April 19th

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Women in History: April 18th

Events 1518 - Bona Sforza was crowned Queen Consort of Poland after her marriage to Sigismund I the Old, King of Poland. She belonged to the powerful Sforza family and became very involved in Polish-Lithuanian politics after her marriage. Implementing various reforms, one of which was the Wallach Reform, she was able to generate a… Continue reading Women in History: April 18th

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Women in History: April 9th

Events 1511 - St. John's College, Cambridge, which was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII) is granted a royal charter. Born on this day in... 1458 - Camilla Battista da Varano (d. 1524) was an Italian Princess and a Poor Clare nun and abbess. Canonized on 17th… Continue reading Women in History: April 9th

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Women in History: April 8th

Events 1943 - Elise Hampel was executed on this day in Berlin along with her husband, Otto, for anti-Nazi activities. A working class couple, they wrote anti-Nazi information on postcards and placed them around Berlin. 1959 - American computer scientist Grace Hopper meets with a group of university computer programmers on this day to discuss… Continue reading Women in History: April 8th

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Women in History: April 7th

Events 1141 - Empress Matilda was the first female ruler of England to bear the name "Lady of the English." She took the title because she was never crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey. In addition, she was also known as "Lady of Normandy." Born on this day in... 1803 - Flora Tristan (d.… Continue reading Women in History: April 7th

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Women in History: April 6th

Events 1327 - Italian Petrarch first sees Laura de Noves, the woman who he immortalized in poetry, in mass at the Church of Saint Claire d'Avignon. Although not much is known to her, she was the wife of Count Hugues de Sade (the ancestor of the infamous Marquis de Sade) and she was said to be… Continue reading Women in History: April 6th

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Women in History: April 5th

Events 1566 - Two hundred Dutchmen under Hendrick van Brederode hasten into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise protesting against the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces. 1614 - Pocahontas, a Powhatan Native American marries John Rolfe, an English colonist. Together the couple would produce a son, Thomas Rolfe.… Continue reading Women in History: April 5th