Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Instagram

Today in History: June 27th, 1880

Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images

Helen Keller is born

On this day, June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her life story is one of incredible perseverance and achievement, making her one of the most inspirational figures in history. Despite being both deaf and blind, Helen Keller became a renowned advocate for people with disabilities, an accomplished author, and a symbol of courage and determination.

Helen Keller was born to Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller, part of a prominent southern family. She was a healthy child until she was 19 months old when an illness, possibly scarlet fever or meningitis, left her deaf and blind. This sudden loss of her sight and hearing was a profound challenge, but her family was determined to help her lead a fulfilling life.

Portrait of Helen Keller.
American writer and educator, Helen Keller. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

In 1887, Anne Sullivan, a partially sighted teacher, began working with Helen. Anne used innovative teaching methods, spelling words into Helen’s hand to help her understand the world around her. The breakthrough moment came when Helen connected the sensation of water running over her hand with the letters “W-A-T-E-R” spelled out by Anne. This was the beginning of Helen’s extraordinary journey into education and communication. She went on to graduate from Radcliffe College in 1904, becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Helen Keller’s achievements didn’t stop with her education. She became a powerful advocate for people with disabilities, women’s suffrage, labor rights, and many other social issues. She wrote several books, including her famous autobiography, The Story of My Life. In 1920, she co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and in 1964, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States.

More from us: Did Helen Keller Fly a Plane?

Would you like to see more daily historical content from The Vintage News? What if we sent it directly to your inbox every day? Sign up here to receive our daily Today in History posts.

Helen Keller’s legacy lives on as a testament to the human spirit’s ability to overcome incredible obstacles. Her life’s work continues to inspire and influence people worldwide. On this day, we remember and celebrate her birth, honoring the profound impact she had on the world.

TVN News Poster

TVN News Poster is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News