This Week in History: Events in January
Confederate troops recaptured the town of Galveston, Texas, after receiving a message from Rosanna Dyer Osterman, a leading member of Texas's first Jewish community and later an important philanthropist.
Caroline Klein Simon was sworn in as New York's Secretary of State.
Isabel Hyams begins "Penny Lunch" program in Winthrop elementary school.
Songwriter Carolyn Leigh, who wrote hundreds of tunes for Broadway, TV and film and was nominated for two Tony awards, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Ruth Seid, who used the pen name Jo Sinclair, won the prestigious $10,000 Harper Prize for her novel "Wasteland."
"Fun City," the first Broadway play by—and starring—Joan Rivers, opened on Broadway.
Julia Phillips, Oscar-winning producer of The Sting, remembered
Helen Suzman eulogized as indefatigable foe of apartheid
To commemorate her 30 years on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Muriel Siebert rang the closing bell. She was the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE.
Lina Abarbanell's career spanned from Die Fledermaus to Porgy and Bess.
Debbie Friedman gave a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall, marking twenty-five years as one of the Jewish community's most well-known and influential contemporary musicians.
New York City teachers elected long-time teacher advocate Sandra Feldman president of the city's United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
Ida Cohen Rosenthal, co-founder of Maidenform, the first company to make modern bras, was born in Tsarist Russia.
"The Goldbergs," Gertrude Berg's popular radio program about a Jewish family living the American dream, premiered as a television series.
Religious women of many backgrounds gathered for a Women of Faith conference sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.
The congregation president wrote of Paula Ackerman, "she is qualified, and we want her.”
"I saw the law as one tool that could be used to improve the world, what we Jews call tikkun olam." - Stephanie Pollack
An exhibit of works by ceramicist and Holocaust survivor Daisy Brand opened at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Department store pioneer Beatrice Auerbach, longtime proprietor at G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, CT, received the Tobe Award for outstanding contributions to public service in the retail field.
Master teacher and pianist Rosina Lhévinne performed in a two-piano recital with her husband, to mark the 40th anniversary of both their marriage and their professional collaboration.
Los Angeles’ Woman’s Building remembered
Birth of iconoclast intellectual Susan Sontag
Dancer Melissa Hayden premiered the role of Titania in Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a part created especially for her.
Henrietta Szold sends nurses Rose Kaplan and Rachel Landy to Palestine to begin the work of Hadassah.
Acclaimed author Cynthia Ozick received one of the first Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Awards bestowed by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Rosina Bessie Lhevinne debuted at age 15 at the Moscow Conservatory, playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.” At age 83, after a lifetime of war, migration and inspired teaching, she performed it again with the New York Philharmonic.
Conservative Jewish women united their sisterhood organizations, creating the Women's League of the United Synagogue under the leadership of Mathilde Schechter.
Appearance of photographer Annie Leibovitz's first cover photograph for Rolling Stone, featuring John Lennon.
Golda Meir's speech to the General Assembly of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds helped raise $50 million in anticipation of the attacks that would greet Israel at its declaration of statehood.
156 women from 52 congregations around the United States met in Cincinnati to create the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.
Prolific children's author Judy Blume was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award made special mention of her controversial novel "Forever."
"You never walked away from a conversation with art curator Jeanette Ingberman without having learned something.”
“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” - Grand Hotel novelist Vicki Baum
Rosa Sonneschein founded the Pioneers, a Jewish women's literary club in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sadie Loewith exemplified the adage that “all politics is local.”
Sara Hurwitz, originally given the title of Maharat, a term created on her behalf, took on the title “Rabbah,” the feminine form of rabbi.
Publication of "Up the Down Staircase," a best-selling novel written by Bel Kaufman, a granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem. It was later made into a popular film.
The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, killing the first Jewish astronaut in space, Judith Resnik, along with her six fellow crew members.
Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addressed the annual Thomas Paine dinner, declaring, "superstition keeps women ignorant, dependent, and enslaved beings. Knowledge will make them free."
Birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman
Muriel Rukeyser established herself as a poet of enduring impact with the publication of "U.S. 1," her second book of poems.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: Events in January." (Viewed on January 17, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek/jan>.