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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: May 1 - May 7

Bessie, Sidney, Selma, and Philoine Hillman, 1922

Labor leaders announce their engagement at May Day Parade

May 1, 1916

Labor leaders Bessie Abramowitz and Sidney Hillman announced their engagement while leading the clothing workers' contingent in the Chicago May Day Parade.

Publication of Gladys Rosen's Jewish bicentennial guidebook

May 2, 1975

The American Jewish Committee announced publication of a guidebook by Gladys Rosen suggesting ways to recognize Jewish contributions to the United States during the Bicentennial celebrations.

Lillie Steinhorn

Longest-serving federal employee Lillie Steinhorn retires

May 3, 2000

Lillie Steinhorn retired from the Social Security Administration as the longest-serving federal employee on record.

Roberta Peters Album

Opera singer Roberta Peters is born

May 4, 1930

Soprano Roberta Peters had the longest tenure of any Metropolitan Opera soprano and has worked to popularize opera throughout her career.

Nacha Rivkin, founder of the first U.S. girls' yeshiva, is born

May 5, 1900

Nacha Rivkin founded the first yeshiva for girls in the U.S. to give her daughter and other girls an educational opportunity denied to them

Barbara Dobkin

Barbara Dobkin receives honorary degree

May 5, 2011

Barbara Dobkin, the Founding Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive, receives an honorary degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in recognition of her visionary advocacy of women's causes.

"The Fountainhead," by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" is published

May 6, 1943

Rand's most famous novel launched the popular and controversial philosophy of Objectivism.

Maxine Kumin

Poet Maxine Kumin wins Pulitzer Prize

May 7, 1973

Writer Maxine Kumin won the esteemed award for poetry for her collection "Up Country: Poems of New England."

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: May 1 – May 7." (Viewed on May 1, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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