This Week in History: Events in August
Reconstructionist rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman became the first woman to lead a U.S. Jewish congregation when she was appointed the spiritual leader of the Coatesville, PA, Beth Israel Congregation.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a triumphant return to Congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling, seven months after being shot.
Lillian Copeland won an Olympic gold medal in discus. At the previous Olympics, in 1928, she had won the silver in the same event. Her 1932 toss set a new world record.
Children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, died.
The first issue of the "Saturday Review of Literature," founded and edited by Amy Loveman, appeared.
Noted fashion designer Anne Klein was born.
American Jewish journalist Ruth Gruber arrived in New York harbor with 984 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, which concluded her secret mission to escort the refugees from Italy to America.
Birth of Ariel Glaser, the child whose death inspired the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
The first woman Solicitor General of the United States becomes the fourth female Supreme Court Justice.
A quintessential American girl, Dinah Shore mixed song and talk on the airwaves for over 50 years.
“The critics who love are the severe ones. We know our relationship must be based on honesty.” - Movie critic Judith Crist
Conservative intellectual Gertrude Himmelfarb was born.
Actress Sylvia Sidney, who starred in 1930s-era films opposite Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant, was born.
“Blunt honesty and generosity in [Melissa Hayden's] life and dancing, that was her name.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
At the U.S. Olympic trials, swimmer Dara Torres qualified to compete in her fourth Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Eight years later, Torres made history again by competing in her fifth Olympics in Beijing.
“All creative people want to do the unexpected.” — Actress Hedy Lamarr
“Baby, it takes coming down here to grasp all this no matter how many books we’ve read.”
The artist Gluck's will to define herself by her own standards extended not only to her name, but also to every aspect of her life.
Reclaiming Jewish ceremonies and holidays for feminists, training Hebrew Priestesses of all stripes, and publishing a Siddur (prayer book) that includes earth-based rituals, the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute is a new women’s movement in Judaism.
The documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, telling the story of the women’s movement as seen through the eyes of Gloria Steinem, premiered on HBO.
A new paperback version of Tillie Olsen's classic short story collection "Tell Me a Riddle" was issued.
Harpsichordist and composer Wanda Landowska, who was credited with the 20th-century revival of harpsichord music, died.
“I'm not looking for revenge, but I am looking for justice." - Carolyn Goodman
Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, who gained fame as a Richmond nurse during the Civil War, was born.
"The Village I Knew," choreographed by Sophie Maslow, was first performed.
The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education graduated its first class.
Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical
Jacqueline Susann was the first writer to have three consecutive novels hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Death of Pioneer Fanny Brooks
Writer Dorothy Parker is born
Pioneering dietician and educator Frances Stern published an article on the importance of nutrition education in the "Boston Globe."
Eugenia Levy Phillips was arrested as a Confederate spy.
The first issue of "Die Deborah," a German-language newspaper focused on serving women's interests, was published.
Dr. Gail G. Shapiro treated over 36,000 asthma patients over 31 years of work at the same hospital.
A massive "Women Strike for Equality" march in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the 19th amendment took place in New York City and other cities.
Three generations of activist Seaman family marched together in the tenth anniversary celebration of the New York Women's Strike for Equality.
Hadassah activist Alice Seligsberg died.
Jackie Gothard thanks Hayley Fields for Torah scroll on behalf of Beth Israel Synagogue in New Orleans.
The launch of a Virtual Archive as one of the first major public programs of the Jewish Women's Archive was described in an article in Boston's "Jewish Advocate."
The first Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education began.
Louise Glück was named poet laureate of the United States.
Judith Resnik, first American Jewish astronaut and second woman in space
Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, the first female Jewish chaplain in the U.S. military, was profiled in the "Omaha Jewish Press."
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