June 27th George Patton Helen Keller Arrested by Secret Service

June 28, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1358 – Republic of Dubrovnik is founded

1709 – Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.

1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

1844 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.

1905 – (June 14 according to the Julian calendar): Battleship Potemkin uprising: sailors start a mutiny aboard the Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war.

1950 – The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.

1967 – The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London.

1977 – France grants independence to Djibouti.

1989 – The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, was adopted.

Notable Births

1838 – Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)

1869 – Emma Goldman, Lithuanian/American anarchist and feminist (d. 1940)

1880 – Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist (d. 1968)

By 1953, Helen Keller had attained nationwide fame as a celebrated author and the first deafblind person to graduate from college. Her celebrity earned her a visit to the White House to speak with President Eisenhower, during which she was arrested.

At the outset of her meeting with the President, Helen began a technique of communication she had learned at an early age: She touched the President’s lips and throat in order to communicate with him. However, the Secret Service agents assigned to President Eisenhower had not been notified of Keller’s communication technique; the agents rushed Helen and threw her to the ground. Before the President could stop the arrest, an agent rattled off the Miranda Rights which stated that Keller had the right to remain silent.

Because of federal laws, Keller was taken to a holding cell after her arrest despite the pleas of Eisenhower and Keller’s companions. She spent the night and was allowed to leave the following afternoon after the charges of assault and battery were dropped.

In a letter to the White House staff, Keller forgave them for failing to alert the proper personnel of who she was and how she communicated. In the letter she displayed her wry sense of humor by saying, “…I will also forgive the agents who, for the lack of a better term, blind-sided me.”

1930 – Ross Perot, American businessman and politician

1949 – Vera Wang, American fashion designer

1975 – Ace Darling, American professional wrestler

Notable Deaths

1829 – James Smithson, English scientist and philanthropist (b. 1765)

1917 – Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (b. 1896)

1970 – Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)

2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

2004 – George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)

2005 – Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)

2006 – Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as “The Railway Killer” (b. 1959)

2009 – Gale Storm, TV Personality (b. 1922)

2009 – Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)

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