1347: Catherine of Siena mystic, patron saint of Italy, born.
1586: British citizen Margaret Clitherow executed for harboring priests; she was canonized in 1970.
1830: Maggie Newton Van Cott, first woman licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the US, born.
1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 immigrant women workers, the youngest just 14.
1914: Aline Saarinen, critic of art & architecture in the US, author & television journalist, born.
1925: Flannery O’Connor, US author & essaying who often wrote in the Southern Gothic style, born.
1934: Gloria Steinem, US feminist leader, writer, & organizer, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, The Ms. Foundation, The Women’s Media Center and many more, born.
1967: Debi Thomas, 1st African-American to hold US National titles in ladies’ singles figure skating, Olympic bronze medalist, born.
1971: Sheryl Swoopes, US basketball player, 1st player to be signed w/ WNBA, 3 time Olympic gold medal winner, born.