Commemoratives of Famous Women for 17 April 2012

A list of famous women whose birthday or death occurred on this date. The information is drawn from the FemBio Database and is updated daily. If you would like to learn more about the individual women or about future commemoratives, please consult the Database.


21 birthdays and 22 days of death are related to today's date.

birthdays 17 April 2012

100. birthday: Martha Eggerth
Hungarian-German actress, singer
* 17 April 1912 in Budapest

160. birthday: Ida Boy-Ed
German
* 17 April 1852 in Bergedorf b. Hamburg
† 13 May 1928 in Travemünde

85. birthday: Margot Honecker
German
* 17 April 1927 in Halle, Saale


Fembiography of Margot Honecker (German)

85. birthday: Graziella Sciutti
Italian singer
* 17 April 1927 in Turin
† 9 April 2001 in Genf

392. birthday: Marguerite Bourgeois, Bourgeoys
French-Canadian saint; founder of a catholic order
* 17 April 1620 in Troyes
† 2 January 1700 in Montreal

201. birthday: Ann Sheppard Mounsey
English organ player, composer
* 17 April 1811 in London
† 24 June 1891 in ebd.

199. birthday: Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper
American writer
* 17 April 1813 in Scarsdale, NY
† 31 December 1894 in Cooperstown, NY

184. birthday: Johanna Mestorf
German prehistorian
* 17 April 1828 in Bramstedt (Holstein)
† 20 July 1909 in Kiel

167. birthday: (Katherine) Isabel Hayes Barrows
American physician, stenographer, reformer
* 17 April 1845 in Irasburg
† 25 October 1913 in Croton-on-Hudson

161. birthday: Anna Garlin Spencer
American
* 17 April 1851 in Attleboro, MA
† 12 February 1931 in New York

151. birthday: Helen Peabody Grant
American painter
* 17 April 1861 in Keytesville Landing, Mo.

127. birthday: Karen (Tania) Blixen
Danish writer
* 17 April 1885 in Rungsted
† 7 September 1962 in Rungstedlund


Fembiography of Karen (Tania) Blixen (German)

124. birthday: Maggie Teyte
English singer
* 17 April 1888 in Wolverhampton
† 26 May 1976 in Staffordshire

121. birthday: Margaret Morris
English
* 17 April 1891 in London
† 29 February 1980 in Glasgow

98. birthday: Janine Micheau
French singer
* 17 April 1914 in Toulouse
† 18 October 1976 in Paris

96. birthday: Sirimawo Bandaranaike
Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) politician; the world's first woman prime minister (1960)
* 17 April 1916 in Balangoda, Ceylon
† 10 October 2000 in Colombo


Fembiography of Sirimawo Bandaranaike (German)

93. birthday: Chavela Vargas
Mexican folk singer
* 17 April 1919 in Guerrero, mex. Pazifik-Küste

84. birthday: Cynthia Ozick
American writer
* 17 April 1928 in New York

83. birthday: Helen Meier
Swiss writer
* 17 April 1929 in Mels (Kanton St. Gallen)

72. birthday: Anja Silja
German singer
* 17 April 1940 in Berlin

72. birthday: Claire Bretécher
French cartoonist
* 17 April 1940 in Nantes

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days of death 17.04.2012

180. day of death: Catherine Maria Fanshaw
English painter
* 6 July 1765
† 17 April 1834 in Putney Heath

55. day of death: BARBARA KEMP
German singer
* 12 December 1881 in Cochem
† 17 April 1959 in Berlin

319. day of death: Juana Ines de la Cruz
Mexican nun, poet, scholar
* 12 November 1648 in San Miguel de Nepanthla
† 17 April 1695 in Mexiko


Fembiography of Juana Ines de la Cruz (German)

318. day of death: Marquise de Sévigné
French letter writer
* 5 February 1626 in Paris
† 17 April 1696 in Château de Grignan

182. day of death: Auguste Bussmann
German
* 1 January 1791 in Frankfurt/M.
† 17 April 1832 in Frankfurt/M.

176. day of death: Johanna Schopenhauer
German writer; mother of Arthur and Adele Schopenhauer
* 9 July 1766 in Danzig
† 17 April 1838 in Weimar

174. day of death: Hannah Webster Foster
American writer
* 10 September 1758 in Boston
† 17 April 1840 in Montreal

129. day of death: Emmy von Rhoden
German writer
* 15 November 1829 in Magdeburg
† 17 April 1885 in Dresden

127. day of death: Angelika Facius
German
* 14 October 1806 in Weimar
† 17 April 1887 in Weimar

121. day of death: Lucy Larcom
American
* 5 March 1824 in Beverly, MA
† 17 April 1893 in Boston, MA

81. day of death: Harriet Brooks Pitcher
Canadian nuclear physicist
* 2 July 1876 in Exeter, Ontario
† 17 April 1933

77. day of death: Agnes MacLaren
English
* 1837 in Edinburg
† 17 April 1937 in Antibes

74. day of death: Katharina Schratt
Austrian actress, mistress of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria
* 11 September 1853 in Baden bei/near Wien/Vienna
† 17 April 1940 in Wien/Vienna

72. day of death: Gertrude Whitney
American
* 9 January 1875 in New York
† 17 April 1942 in ebd.

53. day of death: Elda Emma Anderson
American
* 5 October 1899 in Green Lake, Wis.
† 17 April 1961 in Oak Ridge, TN

52. day of death: Louise Fazenda
US-American actress
* 17 June 1895 in Lafayette, IN
† 17 April 1962 in Beverly Hills, CA

49. day of death: Claribel Kendall

* 23 January 1889 in Denver
† 17 April 1965 in Boulder

31. day of death: Anne Marie Telmany
Danish painter
* 4 March 1893 in Kopenhagen
† 17 April 1983

28. day of death: Bessie Head
South African writer
* 6 July 1937 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal
† 17 April 1986 in Serowe, Botswana


Fembiography of Bessie Head (German)

26. day of death: Louise Nevelson
US-amerikanische sculptor
* 23 September 1899 in Kiew
† 17 April 1988 in New York


Fembiography of Louise Nevelson (German)

16. day of death: Linda McCartney
English
* 24 September 1941 in New York
† 17 April 1998 in Sta. Barbara, CA


Fembiography of Linda McCartney (German)

13. day of death: Vera Brühne
German alleged murderer
* 6 February 1910 in Essen-Kray
† 17 April 2001 in München

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