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Event 08-30-0030 B.C.: Egyptian queen Cleopatra committed suicide. Although romantic, mostly male writers try to blame the event on a lost love, the truth was that Cleopatra had abetted a losing rebellion against Rome and faced capture, and enslavement. She would have been paraded through the streets of Rome as a trophy and publicly, grossly defiled. She chose a dignified death instead.

Event 08-30-1637: Colonial housewife Anne Hutchinson, 46, was charged with "traducing [i.e., degrading] the ministry" and was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She had the audacity to speak to women about religious matters in Sunday evening discussions. Anne and her family were killed by Indians in 1643 while in exile and the male leaders of the Bay Colony praised the murders.

B. 08-30-1797, Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft Shelley, British author of six novels, short stories, and plays, as well as biographical and travel books.
      Her writing supported both she and her child after the death of poet Percy Shelley left them virtually penniless. Her innovative mind produced not only Frankenstein (1818) but also one of the first science fiction stories ever written, The Last Man (1820).
      Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, author of a number of women's rights books including one of the first mass published one that called for women's human rights In the Vindication of Women.
      Revisionist critics today - depending on people s lack of knowledge - claim her ideas were only copies of stories Shelley and HIS friends told, although the diaries of others disprove such theories.

Born 08-30-1876, Lilie Rosa Minoka-Hill, half-blood Mohawk-American physician who was named outstanding American Indian in 1947 by the Indian Council Fire.
      She had given up her medical practice at marriage at her husband's request but had fortunately decided to return to it shortly before she was widowed in 1916, left the sole support of six children with a heavily mortgaged farm. At first she ran a kitchen clinic from her home and finally in 1934 with borrowed money she was able to take the Wisconsin medical exam. She remained in Oneida having been adopted by the Oneida Indians. She always adjusted her fees to a patient's ability to pay.

B. 08-30-1907, Shirley Booth, actor. Won the 1950 Tony award for her work in Come Back Little Sheba and the 1953 Tony for Time of the Cuckoo. Her later years were spent as Hazel on the TV sitcom of the same name.

B. 08-30-1909(?? 07), Virginia Lee Burton, author and illustrator of children's books. Winner Caldecott medal for best picture book in 1942 and won the Newbury award. Her books remained popular for 40 years.

B. 08-30-1922, Regina Resnik, American opera singer was given only 24 hours notice for her 1944 debut at the Metropolitan in the difficult role of Leonora in Il Trovatore. Only 22, she had never performed the role on the stage before.

B. 08-30-1935, Sylvia A. Earle, American marine botanist, deep sea explorer, and businesswoman. She went to 1250 feet in one of the deepest dives made to that time. SAE was chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first woman to hold that position.
      She led a team of five women and 17 men aquanauts in undersea research and headed the only all-woman team to live underwater for two weeks in the Tektite Underwater Research Project.

B. 08-30-1959, Mbilia Bel, Zairean singer-composer, soloist with the African International Chorus. In 1985 she was named Africa's best female singer.

Event 08-30-1984, Judith A. Resnick, who will die in her second trip in space, becomes the second U.S. woman in space as part of the 6-person crew of Discovery's maiden flight.

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      "We cannot live in a world that is not our own. In a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light."
            -- Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century mystic, writer, and abbess

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