History

Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27th, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was 19 months old, she contracted an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, possibly scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her both deaf and blind. 

The Pimlico Mystery

Adelaide was born in France on December 19th, 1855. Her mother was an Englishwoman named Clara Chamberlain. Clara was married to a French mathematics teacher named Adolphe Collet de la Tremoille, but he was apparently not Adelaide’s biological father.

One of Leicesters’s Famous Residents - Joseph Merrick AKA The Elephant Man

Joseph Carey Merrick was born on the 5th of August 1862 at 50, Lee Street, in Leicester, to Joseph Rockley Merrick and his wife Mary Jane (née Potterton). He was born, apparently healthy, and had no outward symptoms of any disorder for the first few years of his life.

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