October 3, 1922
Rebecca Felton, age 87, was appointed by the Governor of Georgia as the first woman to occupy a seat in the U.S. Senate. She only remained in office 1 day.
October 5, 1924
The first little Orphan Annie comic strip was printed.
October 7, 1985
October 7, 1985Lynette Woodward, captain of the US Olympic Basketball team who had won a Gold in 1984, became the first woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
October 12, 1949
The first woman U.S. Ambassador, Eugenie Moore Anderson was appointed by President Harry Truman. She served first as ambassador to Denmark and then Bulgaria.
October 12, 1955
Florence Chadwick set a world record for the southward crossing of the English Channel: 13 hours and 55 minutes.
October 12, 1969
Sonja Henie, Olympic gold medal winner and figure skater, died in an airplane accident.
October 13, 1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order #11246 prohibiting sex discrimination in employment by the federal government and by federal contractors
October 13, 1984
Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.
October 16, 1916
Margaret Sanger opened the first United States free clinic
October 18, 1929
Women were declared "persons" under Canadian law
October 19, 1943
For the first time, a woman, Hattie Caraway, presided over the U.S. Senate
October 23-24, 1850
The first National Woman's Rights Convention was held in Massachusetts. 1,000 people attended and brought national attention to women's rights.
October 23, 1910
Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a solo airplane flight.
October 23, 1915
25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the vote
October 25, 1939
The first pair of nylon stockings was sold in the United States
October 29, 1966
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded
October 31, 1984
Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards.
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