Tuesday, April 17, 2007

On April 17, ...

... 1865, Mary Surratt (left) was arrested at her Washington, D.C., boardinghouse on the charge of conspiracy in the assassination 3 days earlier of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. In what was the 1st federal execution of a woman, Surratt was hanged on July 7, along with three others convicted in a capital trial that took place before a military commission.
... 1969, Bernadette Devlin, a 21-year-old psychology student at Queen's University, Belfast, opposed to British rule in Northern Ireland, became the youngest woman ever elected a Member of Parliament at Westminster, and the 3d youngest MP ever.

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