Commemoratives of Famous Women for 31 May 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.


31 birthdays and 17 days of death are related to today's date.

birthdays 31 May 2012

400. birthday: Margherita de Medici, Herzogin von Parma-Piacenza
Italian duchess
* 31 May 1612 in Florenz
† 6 February 1679 in Parma

160. birthday: Josephine Grau
German writer
* 31 May 1852 in Schlüchtern (Hessen)
† 4 April 1920 in Fulda

130. birthday: Marietta Amstad
Swiss singer
* 31 May 1882 in Beckenried
† 7 August 1972 in Stans

205. birthday: Luise Reinhardt, geb. Ditfurth
German mystery writer
* 31 May 1807 in Magdeburg
† 24 October 1878 in Merseburg

115. birthday: Hilde Vérène Borsinger
Swiss
* 31 May 1897 in Baden
† 21 January 1986 in Luzern

45. birthday: Sandrine Bonnaire
French actress
* 31 May 1967 in Clermont-Ferrand

569. birthday: Margaret, Gräfin von Richmond and Derby
English mother of Henry VII.
* 31 May 1443
† 29 June 1509

256. birthday: Maximiliane La Roche
German mother of Bettine and Clemens Brentano; daughter of Sophie von La Roche
* 31 May 1756 in Mainz
† 19 November 1793 in Frankfurt

221. birthday: Caroline-Charlotte Dupont
French actress
* 31 May 1791 in Valenciennes
† 25 October 1864 in Paris

208. birthday: Louise Farrenc
French pianist, composer, piano teacher, musicologist
* 31 May 1804 in Paris
† 15 September 1875 in Paris


Fembiography of Louise Farrenc (German)

191. birthday: Henriette Ronner

* 31 May 1821 in Amsterdam
† 2 March 1909 in Brüssel

172. birthday: Regina Friedländer
Austrian
* 31 May 1840 in Wien
† 15 February 1894 in Amstetten

142. birthday: Theodore von Rommel
German
* 31 May 1870 in Mainz
† 2 December 1950 in Tutzing

137. birthday: Helga Kristine Eng

* 31 May 1875 in Degernes

129. birthday: Frances Alda, geb. Davies
New Zealand singer
* 31 May 1883 in Christchurch
† 18 September 1952 in Venedig

122. birthday: Hilla Rebay
American painter, art expert
* 31 May 1890 in Straßburg
† 27 September 1967 in Greens Farms, CT

119. birthday: Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
American writer
* 31 May 1893 in Buffalo, NY

107. birthday: Angela Nikoletti
South Tyrolian (Italian) "catacombs teacher" of German during Fascism
* 31 May 1905 in Margreid an der Weinstraße, Südtirol/Italien
† 11 January 1930 in Kurtatsch an der Weinstraße, Südtirol/Italien


Fembiography of Angela Nikoletti
Fembiography of Angela Nikoletti (German)

104. birthday: Edith Mary Coates

* 31 May 1908 in Lincoln
† 7 January 1983 in Worthing

103. birthday: Eliza Hansen
Romanian-German piano teacher, pianist, harpsichordist
* 31 May 1909 in Bukarest
† 19 May 2001 in Hamburg?

99. birthday: Chien Shiung Wu
Chinese-American
* 31 May 1913 in Liuhe bei Shanghai
† 16 February 1997 in New York

97. birthday: Judith Arundell Wright
Australian poet, activist for Aborigines" rights
* 31 May 1915 in Armidale
† 25 June 2000

97. birthday: Carmen Herrera
Cuban-US-American painter
* 31 May 1915

91. birthday: Alida Maria Valli, geb. Altenburger
Italian actress
* 31 May 1921 in Pola
† 22 April 2006 in Rom

88. birthday: Patricia Roberts Harris
American politician
* 31 May 1924 in Mattoon, IL
† 23 March 1985 in Washington, DC.

88. birthday: Gisela May
German actress and singer
* 31 May 1924 in Wetzlar


Fembiography of Gisela May (German)

88. birthday: Ida Presti
French
* 31 May 1924 in Suresnes b. Paris
† 24 April 1967 in Rochester (USA)

81. birthday: Shirley Verrett
American singer
* 31 May 1931 in New Orleans

69. birthday: Antje Vollmer
German politician (the Greens), theologian.
* 31 May 1943 in Lübbecke

64. birthday: Swetlana Alexijewitsch
Belarussian writer, documentarist
* 31 May 1948 in Iwano-Frankowsk, Ukraine


Fembiography of Swetlana Alexijewitsch (German)

47. birthday: Brooke Shields
US-American actress
* 31 May 1965

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days of death 31.05.2012

25. day of death: Raissa Orlowa Kopelew
Russian writer, dissident
* 23 July 1918 in Moskau/Moscow
† 31 May 1989 in Köln/Cologne

490. day of death: Camilla Battista Varano, Fürstin von Camerino

* 9 April 1458 in Camerino o. Pesaro
† 31 May 1524 in Camerino

40. day of death: Daisie Adelle Davis
American dietician, nutritionist
* 25 February 1904 in Lizton, IN
† 31 May 1974 in Palos Verdes Estates, CA

45. day of death: Hilde Körber
Austrian actress
* 3 July 1906 in Wien / Vienna
† 31 May 1969 in Berlin

416. day of death: Maria Strick

* 1577 in Herzogenbusch
† 31 May 1598

166. day of death: Eugenie de Guerin
French writer
* 29 January 1805 in Schloß Cayla b. Albi, Tarn
† 31 May 1848 in ebd.

104. day of death: Elizabeth Blackwell
English-US-American physician
* 3 February 1821 in Counterslip b./n. Bristol
† 31 May 1910 in Kilmun, Schottland/Scotland


Fembiography of Elizabeth Blackwell
Fembiography of Elizabeth Blackwell (German)

96. day of death: Helene von Druskowitz
Austrian writer
* 2 May 1856 in Wien, Hietzing b.
† 31 May 1918 in Mauer-Öhling (Landeskrankenhaus

87. day of death: Mary Hannah Krout
American
* 3 November 1857 in Crawfordsville
† 31 May 1927 in Crawfordsville

71. day of death: Berthie (Berty) Albrecht, geb. Wild
French resistance fighter; Journalist
* 15 February 1893 in Marseille
† 31 May 1943 in Vichy

61. day of death: Audrey Mildmay
English-Canadian singer
* 19 December 1900 in Hurtsmonceux (Sussex)
† 31 May 1953 in Glyndebourne

51. day of death: Edith Hamilton
American writer, classicist, educator
* 12 August 1867 in Dresden (während e. Reise d. Eltern)
† 31 May 1963 in Washington, DC


Fembiography of Edith Hamilton (German)

48. day of death: Lahja Linko
Finnish singer
* 24 March 1890 in Luumäki
† 31 May 1966 in ""

36. day of death: Hannah Höch
German painter, graphic artist, photographer
* 1 November 1889 in Gotha
† 31 May 1978 in Berlin


Fembiography of Hannah Höch (German)

28. day of death: Dora Russell
English feminist, pacifist
* 3 April 1894 in Thornton Heath, Essex
† 31 May 1986 in Porthcurno, Cornwall

16. day of death: Lotti Huber
German actress and author
* 16 October 1912 in Kiel
† 31 May 1998 in Berlin

4. day of death: Louise Bourgeois
French-US-American sculptor
* 25 December 1911 in Aubusson
† 31 May 2010 in New York City


Fembiography of Louise Bourgeois (German)

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