Helen Keller

Events

Born in Tuscumbia on June 27.

June 27, 1880

At the age of 19 months lost sight and hearing as a result of meningitis.

1881

Recognized by Alexander Graham Bell as being exceptionally bright.

1886

Began instruction under Anne Sullivan.

1887

Learned to read and write in Braille.

1888 - 1898

Mark Twain recognized her great intellect and discouraged spirit despite her blindness and deafness.

1899

Enrolled in Radcliffe college as a regular student with the help of Anne Sullivan.

1900

Published her first book: The Story of My Life

1903

First blind/deaf college graduate to graduate from Radcliffe College.

1904

Published: The World I Live In

1908

Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.

1915

Met Charlie Chaplin, the first in the entertainment world.

1919

Held many lectures and tours in the United States of America.

1924

Successfully challenged Lions International, the world's largest fraternal organization.

1925

Helen Keller met President Calvin Coolidge.

1926

Published: My Religion

1927

Published: Midstream My later Life at 49.

1929

Braille is accepted as the world's standard alaphabet for the blind thanks to Royal Institute for the Blind in U.K.

1932

Established a close friendship with Japanese people. Gave 97 lectures in 39 cities.

1937

Published: Helen Keller's Journal.

1938

Attended a performance at the Opera House in New York where she experienced music through vibrations.

1941

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

Met Winston Churchill and Prime Minister of Nehru of India.

1953

Honored at the Sorbonne in Paris by the french government, in a ceremony commemorating the birth of Louie Braille.

1953

Ivy Green, Helen Keller's birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama is made a permanent Shrine.

1954

Won an Oscar Award for documentary movie made on her life. Published Teacher-Anne Sullivan

1955

First woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University.

1956

Met President Eisenhower who became the first non-blind person to use talking books during his recovery from a heartattack.

1960

Met President John F. Kennedy the 10th and last she became acquainted with.

1961

The Miracle Worker the story of Helen's early instruction by Anne Sullivan debuted on Broadway.

1961

Awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.

1964

Suffered a stroke and retired from public life.

1964

Died at the age of 88.

1968