Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia to Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller.
Helen contracts meningitis
Meningitis left her deaf and blind and she had difficulty making herself understood. She often became frustrated and threw temper tantrums
Anne Suvillian becomes her teacher
Helen Keller's parents recruited her after Dr. Alexander Graham Bell adviced them to find a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
Helen understands the meaning of words
Anne taught Helen to understand language through the combination of water from a pump on one hand and the spelling of "water" with the manual alphabet into her other hand.
Helen learns to speak
She attended Horace Mann School, with the principal, Miss Sarah Fuller as her first speech teacher
Helen writes "The Frost King%u201D
It was so similar to The Frost Fairies by Margaret Canby that people believed that she plagiarized it. An investigation revealed that she may have experienced a case of cryptomnesia- which was that she had read the book but forgot about it, while the memory remained in her subconscious
Helen was accepted to Radcliffe College.
Helen receives her certificate of admission to Radcliffe College.
Helen publishes her first book
With the help of editor John Albert Macy, Helen wrote her autobiography, "The Story of My Life".
Helen Keller graduates from Radcliffe College
Helen became the first deaf-blind individual to receive a bachelor of arts degree, graduating cum laude from Radcliffe.
Helen becomes a suffragist
Helen joined the Socialist Party of Massachusetts
Helen joins the Industrial Workers of the World
The Industrial Workers of the World (known as the IWW or the Wobblies) had a goal: to promote worker solidarity in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the employing class
Helen hires Polly Thompson
She was hired as Anne Sullivan's health was failing. Initially hired to keep house , she progressed to working as a secretary as well, and eventually became a constant companion to Helen.
The founding of Helen Keller International
Helen Keller and George Kessler founded Helen Keller International (HKI), which combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition
Helen appears in a movie
The movie "Deliverance" is a silent film which tells the story of the life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Helen acts as herself.
Helen joins the American Foundation for the Blind
Helen was invited to be a spokesperson for the organization. She traveled extensively with Anne and Polly, giving speeches and raising funds for the blind and for related causes.
Helen goes abroad for the first time
Helen, Anne, and Polly travel abroad for the first time, visiting Scotland, Ireland and England for over six months.
Anne Sullivan dies
At the age of 70, Anne died of myacarditis and arteriosclerosis at home.
Helen visits disabled soliers
Helen began her visits to the blinded, deaf, and disabled soldiers of World War II in military hospitals around the country. She called this %u201Cthe crowning experience of my life.%u201D
Helen retires from public life
She did so after a series of strokes which started three years earlier and spent the remainder of her life being cared for at her home.
Helen recieves the Presidential Medal of Freedom
She was awarded America's highest civilian award by President Lyndon Johnson.
Polly Thomson dies
Polly Thomson suffered from a stroke and died
Helen Keller's death
She passes away 26 days before her 88th birthday in her sleep. Over 1,200 mourners attend the funeral at the National Cathedral. Helen%u2019s ashes are interred there with those of Anne and Polly.