Helen Keller at 80 :: smelling a rose in a garden :: author and lecturer, learned to communicate though she had been deaf and blind from childhood. :: c.1960

Helen Keller and Patty Duke -- For those who do not get the significance of this meeting -- Patty Duke played Keller in both the play and the film The Miracle Worker, for which she won the Oscar at age 16. Two extraordinary women.

The heroine of The White Rose resistance group, Sophie Scholl (May 9, 1921 - 1943, execution by guillotine), who along with other members of the group, including her brother Hans urged Germans to passive resistance against the Nazi regime. In February 1943 the group was caught pamphleteering at the University of Munich and rapidly sentenced to death and executed.

Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod. The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls. Experts on Keller’s life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll...

Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and Mark Twain

Helen Keller-Even though she was deaf and blind, she learned to communicate and became a world-famous supporter of women's suffrage. #HelenKeller

Helen Keller with Charlie Chaplin

Iranian woman in the era before the Islamic revolution by Ayatollah Khomeini, 1960

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet, 1919

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan--What a wise woman...and yet without the help of Anne Sullivan, no one would've known. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” ― Helen Keller

March 3rd: Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller meet.

On November 18, 1978 912 followers of American cult leader Jim Jones ("Peoples Temple") died in a remote South American jungle compound called "Jonestown" in British Guyana. Some members were shot, others were forced to drink poison, but most willingly participated in what Jones said was an act of "revolutionary suicide."

"Hedy Lamarr is said to have tipped the balance of WWII. Not only is she almost unbelievably beautiful, she was also exceedingly clever. She was the co-inventor of an early wireless form of communication; her invention allowed shortwave radio communications on the field. She gave the invention, for no compensation, to the US Government. the Germans did not yet have this capability."

In 1931 Sue Eakin, a white girl in Louisiana, saw a dusty, old book called "Twelve Years a Slave." She found a copy for herself a bit later - and spent 70 years rescuing it from obscurity and doggedly proving it was factual. "Her passion was history, getting the history out.” In 1968 she got it back into print. In 2007, at 88, she published an edition with maps and pictures. She wrote in the acknowledgments, “Now Solomon and I can rest.” Two years later, she died. A great story at the click.

Joséphine Marcus Earp (1861-1944) was an American part-time actress, dancer, and prostitute who was best known as the wife of famed Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Known as "Sadie" to the public in 1881, she met Wyatt in the frontier boom town Tombstone, Arizona Territory when she was living with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan. She became Earp's common-law wife for 48 years. She died in Los Angeles in 1944.

Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and many other books in the 1800s. I had reason to read quite a few of her works in ebook form, and enjoyed the marathon immensely.

Todd Beamer, passenger on United Flight 93, a plane overtaken by the 9/11 attack highjackers. He communicated with officials on the ground and helped lead a group of passengers to take over the plane. It eventually crashed in Pennsylvania. Last audible words: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."

Helen Keller and Miss Sullivan

Oprah Winfrey, then the new host of WLS-TV's morning talk show "AM Chicago." strikes a pose on State Street in 1984 for a Chicago Tribune photographer.