Friday, January 15, 2010

In History: Queen Elizabeth I

This is the eighth post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Mixing things up a bit with this "In History" column and actually writing about a couple things that happened today in history, starting with ...

Queen Elizabeth I was coronated on Jan. 15, 1559, at age 25. (Can you even imagine?!) She was the Queen of England and the Queen of Ireland for 44 years, until her death in 1603. Obviously she's a larger-than-life historical figure, and she came to power through a non-Democratic method, but she was still a 25-year-old woman who went on to lead a very powerful country for more than four decades. (Image source)

Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women, was founded on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University, by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Lyle, by the way, was the first African-American female college graduate to teach in a regular school in Oklahoma and the first to earn a Teacher's Life Certificate from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

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