Today is the 45th anniversary of Helen Keller’s death.
What makes the date “06880”-worthy is that the author, political activist and lecturer — who overcame deafness and blindess to inspire the world — died quietly on June 1, 1968 in her Westport home. (Or not — see comments below.) She was 87 years old.
I have a dim memory of my mother pointing her out to me, in a Main Street grocery store. I wish I had been old enough to understand the significance of all she accomplished — and perhaps to have shook her hand.
(Thanks to alert reader John Suggs, for passing along the date.)