Born in Tuscumbia on June 27.
June 27, 1880
At the age of 19 months lost sight and hearing as a result of meningitis.
Recognized by Alexander Graham Bell as being exceptionally bright.
Began instruction under Anne Sullivan.
Learned to read and write in Braille.
1888 - 1898
Mark Twain recognized her great intellect and discouraged spirit despite her blindness and deafness.
Enrolled in Radcliffe college as a regular student with the help of Anne Sullivan.
Published her first book: The Story of My Life
First blind/deaf college graduate to graduate from Radcliffe College.
Published: The World I Live In
Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.
Met Charlie Chaplin, the first in the entertainment world.
Held many lectures and tours in the United States of America.
Successfully challenged Lions International, the world's largest fraternal organization.
Helen Keller met President Calvin Coolidge.
Published: My Religion
Published: Midstream My later Life at 49.
Braille is accepted as the world's standard alaphabet for the blind thanks to Royal Institute for the Blind in U.K.
Established a close friendship with Japanese people. Gave 97 lectures in 39 cities.
Published: Helen Keller's Journal.
Attended a performance at the Opera House in New York where she experienced music through vibrations.
Visited military hospitals calling it the crowning experience of her life.
1943 - 1946
After visiting 35 continents on behalf of the handicapped, governments began schools for the blind and deaf.
1946 - 1957
Honored at the Sorbonne in Paris by the french government, in a ceremony commemorating the birth of Louie Braille.
Met Winston Churchill and Prime Minister of Nehru of India.
Ivy Green, Helen Keller's birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama is made a permanent Shrine.
Won an Oscar Award for documentary movie made on her life. Published Teacher-Anne Sullivan
First woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University.
Met President Eisenhower who became the first non-blind person to use talking books during his recovery from a heartattack.
Met President John F. Kennedy the 10th and last she became acquainted with.
The Miracle Worker the story of Helen's early instruction by Anne Sullivan debuted on Broadway.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.
Suffered a stroke and retired from public life.
Died at the age of 88.