Helen Keller's Life

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Helen Keller

1880

Born in Tuscumbia on June 27

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1881

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

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1886

Recognized by Alexander Graham Bell as being exceptionally bright.

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1887

Began instruction under Anne Sullivan

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1888

Learned to read and write Braille

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1899

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

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1900

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

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1903

Published her first book The Story Of My Life

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1904

First blind/deaf college graduate to graduate from Radcliffe college

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1915

Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.

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1919

Met Charlie Chaplin, the first in the entertainment world

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1924

Held many lectured and tours in the USA

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1925

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

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1926

Helen Keller met President Calvin Coolidge

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1932

Braille is accepted as the world's standard alaphabet for the Insititute for the Blind in U.K

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1937

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

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1941

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

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1943

Visited military hospitals calling it the crowning expericence of her life.

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1946

After visiting 35 continents on behalf of the handicapped, governments began schools for the blind & deaf.

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1953

Was honored at the Sorbonne in Paris by the french government, commemorating the birth of Louie Braille

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1954

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

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1956

First woman to recieve an honorary degree from Harvard University.

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1968

Died at the age of 88 suffered from a stroke & retired from public life .