The Life of Helen Keller

                               Timeline

1880~

Born in Tuscumbia on June 27.

 

1881~

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

 

1886~

Recognized by Alexander Graham Bell as being exceptionally bright.

 

1887~

Began instruction under Anne Sullivan.

 

1888-98

Learned to read and write in Braille.

 

1899~

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

 

1900~

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

  

1903~

Published her first book The Story of My Life.

 

1904~

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


 
1908~

Published The World I Live In

 

1915~

Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.

 

1919~

Met Charlie Chaplin, the first in the entertainment world.

 

1924~

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

 

1925~

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

 

1926~

Helen Keller met President Calvin Coolidge.

 


1927~

Published My Religion

 

1929~

Published Midstream: My later Life at 49.

 

1932~

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


 

1937~

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

 

1938~

Published Helen Keller's Journal.

 

1941~

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

 

1943-46

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

 

1946-57

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

 

1953~

Met Winston Churchill and Prime Minister of Nehru of India.

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

 

1954~

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


 

1955~

Won an Oscar Award for documentary movie made on her life.

Published Teacher-Anne Sullivan

 

1956~

First woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University.


1960 ~

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

 

1961~

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


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

 

1964~

Suffered a stroke and retired from public life.

Awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.

 

1968~

Died at the age of 88.