Jul 19, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey, daughter of John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, was deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days. Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen.
Jul 19, The first women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York. Organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the two-day convention discussed such topics as voting, property rights and divorce. It launched the women’s suffrage movement. The convention issued a “Declaration of Sentiments” based on the Declaration of Independence. “The ideal newspaper woman has the keen zest for life of a child, the cool courage of a man and the subtlety of a woman.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton made her first public speech at the Woman’s Rights Convention. After Cady Stanton was denied participation in an anti-slavery convention and was told that women were “constitutionally unfit for public and business meetings,” she and four other women, including abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott, planned a convention to challenge that notion. They drafted a “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,” 11 resolutions calling for equal rights for women, including the right to vote. After lengthy debate, the document was amended and signed by 68 women and 32 men of the approximately 300 attendees, setting the American women’s rights movement in motion. Susan B. Anthony joined the movement in 1852.
Jul 19, Margaret Fuller (b.1810), America’s first foreign correspondent, died aboard the Elizabeth, along with her husband and child, as the ship slammed into a sandbar less than 100 yards from Fire Island, NY. In 2012 John Matteson authored “The Lives of Margaret Fuller.”
Jul 19, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg in Centerville, Massachusetts.
1999 Jul 19, Carleton “Carly” Fiorina (44) was named the new president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Co. She was brought over from Lucent Tech. and became the 3rd woman running a Fortune 500 company. In 2003 George Anders authored “Perfect Enough,” a look at HP and Fiorina’s efforts. In 2003 Peter Burrows authored “Backfire,” a look at Fiorina’s past work.
Jul 19, In Abiteye, Nigeria, unarmed women occupying at least four ChevronTexaco facilities took two hostages in a bid to meet with oil executives.
Jul 19, Lori Hacking (27) of Salt Lake City, Utah, went missing. Her husband Mark (28) said she failed to return from a jog. She was reportedly five weeks pregnant. Police found her husband Mark Hacking running naked around a motel not far from his home the next day. He was put into a psychiatric hospital after police found him. Police arrested Hacking on Aug 2 and filed 1st degree murder charges on Aug 9. In 2005 Mark Hacking pleaded guilty to her murder. On June 6, 2005, Mark Hacking was sentenced 6 years to life in prison, the maximum the judge could give under Utah law. Under Utah’s system of indeterminate criminal sentences.
Jul 19, Lawmakers voted in an election widely expected to give India its first female president. Pratibha Patil (72), governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, was said to have been selected for her unswerving devotion to Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, and Gandhi’s powerful family, which has historically controlled the party. Pratibha Patil was elected as the country’s first female president in a vote seen as a victory for the hundreds of millions of Indian women who contend with widespread discrimination. An Indian anti-terror court sentenced three more men to death for their involvement in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 which killed 257 people.
Jul 19, Clerics in northwest Pakistan issued a temporary ban on women shopping in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unless accompanied by a male relative, in a step designed to keep men from being distracted during the holy month of Ramadan.
Jul 18, In Syria jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, pelted Faddah Ahmad with stones for alleged adultery in Raqqa until her body was dragged away.
Jul 18, Thailand’s former PM Yingluck Shinawatra said she will fight charges related to her ousted government’s rice subsidy program, vowing to return home after a planned trip overseas.