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this day in Herstory
2/4/2012 - DB Metzger

Mary Baker Eddy is healed by her faith. The Poll Tax is outlawed, Patty Hearst is kidnapped before turning outlaw. Betty Friedan dies on her birthday and Karen Carpenter’s death takes the mystique out of Anorexia.  Birthday include Rosa Parks and actor/director Ida Lupino.

1824 J.W. Goodrich makes the feet safe from puddles by patenting rubber galoshes.

1866 Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science) cures her injuries by opening a bible and thus creates the basis for Scientific Christianity.

1938 "Our Town", by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway. Inspired by the town of Peterborough, NH, the play has become an enduring classic

1964 the 24th amendment (outlawing the poll tax) is formally ratified.

1974 Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst is kidnapped by The Symbionese Liberation Army. Two months later she’s Robbing the Hibernia Bank of San Francisco. Truth can be stranger then fiction.

1983 Karen Carpenter dies of a heart attack from medications to induce vomiting. Her death shone light on anorexia.

1985 20 countries (but not the U.S.) sign a U.N. treaty outlawing torture. Here’s. an historical view of torture, human rights and terrorism.

1991 US postage raises from 25˘ to 29˘. Here a timeline of postal rates from 1863.

1995 Patricia Highsmith [Mary Patricia Plangman] crime writer dies at 74. Her first novel Strangers on a Train, was made famous by Hitchcock. Tom Ripley (a bisexual serial killer) was her most famous character.

1995 Audrey Meadows (Alice) of The Honeymooners dies.

1997 OJ Simpson found liable in murders of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson but hasn’t paid much of the 33.5 million judgement.

1997 Secretary of State Madeline Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish. Here’s a review ofSeasons of Her Life.a Biography of Madeline Albright.

2006 Betty Friedan activist and author of The Feminine Mystiquedied on her 85th birthday.

Notable Birthdays

1913 Rosa Parks the women who refused to sit in the back of the bus.

1917 Ida Lupino actress and pioneering film director.

1931 Maria Liberia-Peters from kindergarten teacher to prime minister of the Netherlands Antilles

1931 Isabel Martinez Peron Argentine president, . The third wife of Juan Peron following Eva (Evita)

Quote for Today

"The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own."


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