Helen keller

Helen Keller timeline

  • Helen is born

    1880: Helen Keller was born on June 27, in Tuscumbia. Arthur Keller, a former officer in the Confederate army and Kate Adams were her parents.
  • Helen loses sight and hearing

    1881: At the age of 19 months, Helen was stricken with an acute illness, meningitis and she lost her sight and hearing ability due to a high fever.
  • Helen needs a teacher

    1886: Dr. Alexander Graham Bell recognized that Helen was exceptionally bright and he urged to find a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
  • Annie comes to teach

    1887: Anne Sullivan became her teacher. Helen progressed with language rapidly under Anne's tutorage.
  • Helen knows that words mean something.

    1887: Helen becomes angry and throws a tantrum. Annie takes her outside to fill a pitcher with water, and Helen sudenly realizes what words are.
  • Braille

    1888-98: Helen Keller learned to read and write in Braille at the Perkins Institution and learned to speak at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. She studied at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and to Radcliffe College
  • Mark Twaine

    1899: Mark Twain recognized her great spirit and intelligent despite her deafness and blindness.
  • School for Helen

    1900: Helen enrolled as a regular student in Radcliffe College with the help of Anne Sullivan.
  • Helens first book

    1903: Her first book, her autobiography The Story of My Life was published.
  • Graduation

    1904: Helen became the first blind/deaf person to graduate from Radcliffe College.
  • Second book

    1908: Her book, The World I Live In was published.
  • HKI

    1915: Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.
  • Helen meets Charlie

    1919: Helen Keller met Charlie Chaplin, a world-famous personality in the entertainment world.
  • Helen tours

    1924: Helen conducted many tours and lectures in United States of America. She worked for improving education for the deaf, blind and mute.
  • Challenging

    1925: She successfully challenged Lions International, the largest fraternal organization of the world.
  • Helen meets president

    1926: Helen met President Calvin Coolidge.
  • Another book

    1927: Her popular book, My Religion was published
  • And another book

    Midstream: My Later Life at 49 was published in 1929.
  • Braille

    1932: Braille was accepted as the world's standard alphabet for the blind. It resulted from the great efforts by the Royal Institute for the blind in UK.
  • Japanese

    1937: Helen Keller developed a close friendship with the Japanese people. She delivered 97 lectures in 39 cities.
  • Journal

    1938: Helen Keller's Journal was published.
  • Music

    1941: Helen attended a performance at the Opera House in New York. She experienced music through vibrations.
  • Military hospitals

    1943-46: Helen Keller visited the military hospitals. She referred to it as the crowning experience of her life.
  • Educating handicaps

    1946-57: Helen visited 35 countries for the improvement in education of the handicapped people. The government started the schools for deaf and blind.
  • India

    1953: She met Winston Churchill and Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. She was honored by the French government in the ceremony commemorating the birth of Louie Braille at Sorbonne, Paris.
  • Ivy green shrine

    1954: Helen's birthplace, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama was made a permanent shrine.
  • Oscar

    1955: Helen Keller achieved an Oscar Award for the documentary movie made on her life. Her book Teacher-Anne Sullivan was published in the same year.
  • Harvord

    1956: Helen became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University
  • Another presedent

    1960: She met President Eisenhower who became the first non-blind person to use the talking books during his recovery from heart attack.
  • And another president

    1961: Helen met President John F. Kennedy, the 10th.
  • Stroke

    1964: Helen Keller suffered from stroke and later retired from public life. She received an award the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.
  • Helen dies

    1968: Helen Keller died at the age of 88 years. She was buried at Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.