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The Women of Ancient Sparta

There is much speculation about the character of Spartan Women. They are often viewed as strong, determined and powerful. This perception stems from the ability they had to hold more rights and experience more privileges than Greek women of other city-states.

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1927 – The Lockheed Vega

4 July

On this day in 1927 the Lockheed Vega had its first flight.

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1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murder

20 June

Lizzie Andrew Borden (19 July, 1860 – 1 June, 1927) was an American woman who gained infamy for being tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth

17 June

Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I (reigned 1628-1658), will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

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1913 – Emily Davison

4 June

Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies four days later.

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1770 – Marie Antoinette marries

16 May

A 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France. Continue reading “1770 – Marie Antoinette marries”

1536 – Anne Boleyn arrested

2 May

On this day in 1536, Henry VIII’s second wife and Queen of England, Anne Boleyn is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest and treason.

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1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt

24 April

Thutmose III (meaning “Thoth is born”) was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Continue reading “1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt”

AD 17 – Messalina, third wife of Emperor Claudius, is born

25 January

Valeria Messalina, (c. 17/20–48) married (as his third wife) the Roman Emperor Claudius. She was a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, a second-cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and a great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she allegedly conspired against her husband and was executed on the discovery of the plot. Her notorious reputation arguably results from political bias, but works of art and literature have perpetuated it into modern times.

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