Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England in 1553. The fifteen-year-old queen reigned for only nine days. Older children could read Ann Rinaldi’s Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey.
Seneca Falls Convention, an early women’s rights convention, was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. For two days the women debated voting rights, property rights, and laws regarding divorce. Speakers included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass. The meetings became an annual event until the Civil War broke out. Children can learn more at: Convention.
Wimbledon tennis championships were held for the first time in 1877. The competition, held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, started on July 9 and featured 22 male players. Spencer Gore won the competition. Ladies’ Singles and Gentlemen’s Doubles were added in 1884. Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles premiered in 1913. Children could learn more at: Wimbledom.
Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 became the first woman United State vice presidential nominee. She ran with Walter Mondale for the Democrats. They were defeated by Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
Samuel Colt (born Hartford, Connecticut, 1814; died Hartford, Connecticut, January 10, 1862) perfected and manufactured the first repeating pistol. He was one of the first manufacturers to use an assembly line. His company, after his death, produced the six-shooters popular in the Old West.
Edgar Degas (born Paris, France, 1834; died Paris, France, September 26, 1917) was an Impressionist painter. Children could view some of his works at: Edgar Degas.
Marilyn Kaye (born New Britain, Connecticut, 1949) writes science fiction books for young adults. Her books include the Gifted series and the Replica series.
Garth Nix (born Melbourne, Australia, 1963) writes fantasy books for young adults. His work includes The Old Kingdom series and The Seventh Tower series. Children can learn more at: Garth Nix.
Eve Merriam (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1916; died New York, New York, April 11, 1992) wrote plays, poetry, fiction and nonfiction for a wide range of ages. She published at least 88 books, including Ten Rosy Roses and Twelve Ways to Get to Eleven. Children can learn more at: Eve Merriam.
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (born Bronx, New York, 1921; died Bronx, New York, May 31, 2011) was a medical physicist. She, together with two colleagues, developed the radioimmunassay technique, a way to measure many types of medical conditions using only a small amount of blood. She received the 1977 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.