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this day in Herstory
2/11/2012 - DB Metzger

Sacagawea has a baby with the help of Meriwether Lewis. Red Emma is arrested for lecturing on birth control. The first Black flight attendant is hired by Mohawk Airlines and Sylvia Plath doesn’t make it past 31. Thatcher gets elected and Virginia Johnson (sexologist) has a birthday, as does Burt Reynolds. Remember his spread as the Cosmo Centerfold? For great architectural lines check out the original MadisonSquare Garden on Madison Avenue.

1805 Explorer Meriwether Lewis served as midwife at the birth of the son of Sacagawea, his Shoshona guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition

1858 Bernadette Soubiros The French schoolgirl who had visions of the Virgin Mary..

1911 Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to address the Montana Legislature, speaking for woman suffrage.

1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control. Emma was mentor to Margaret Sanger.

1942 "Archie" #1 comic book debuts. Doesn’t count PEP comics #22. People were engrossed by the “teenage Menois Trois” of Archie, Betty and Veronica. Poor Jughead.

1958 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant. It was for Mohawk Airlines. (became Allegheny in 1972)

1962 Poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide at the age of 31.

1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created. Known as “Operation Chaos”.give them an inch and....you know about the Patriot Act mile. 

1968 Madison Square Garden III closes and Madison Square Garden IV opens in New York City. The original (1890) was still the best at Madison Avenue and Fifth.

1975 Margaret Thatcher took the lead of the British Conservative Party, the first woman to hold that position (story)

1979 The Emmy awards adds category of News & Documentaries to the presentation

1993 Janet Reno selected by Clinton as US Attorney General. She is still the first and only female AG.

Notable Birthdays

1466 Elizabeth of York (later Queen of England) is born. She died on her birthday in 1503 as the widow of Henry VII.

1671 Hannah Callowhill Penn was the second wife of Pennsylvania founder William Penn who administered the province after her husband’s stroke.

1802 Lydia Maria Child author of the novel Hobornok about early American life.

1855 Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge pioneer in the day nursery movement

1925 Virginia Johnson, studied human sexuality, some call her asexologist . The other half was Masters.

1925 Eva Gabor, (Green Acres) Zsa, Zsa’s youngest sister

1936 Burt Reynolds came to earth in his birthday suit. Speaking of which, remember the famous Cosmopolitan centerfold?

Quote for Today

I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.


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