Life Timeline

For those born in January 1916.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without long-distance phone service.

In February 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the changing significance of area codes, from indicators for long-distance pricing to markers of cultural identity.


Around the time you were born, World War I's Gallipoli Campaign ended.

In October 2004, Christopher Hitchens wrote about whether Turkey was a successful, modern Muslim state.

Year 102

You were born in January of 1916. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote about the burden of fighting and dying for one's country, in the midst of the First World War.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit India and Nepal, killing more than 10,000 people.

In April 2015, Matt Schiavenza and Noah Gordon wrote about the impact of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Star Trek.

In November 2015, David Sims wrote about the return of Star Trek to television.


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In 1967, Robert S. McNamara, who was born the same year as you, ordered a study of the U.S. role in Indochina, which was later leaked to the press and published as The Pentagon Papers. He was considered to be one of the major strategists behind the Vietnam war.

In July 2009, James Fallows wrote a retrospective on McNamara after his death that year.



Man on the Moon

At 53 years old, you were alive to behold people walking on the moon.

Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 91, you watched humankind reach the outer solar system.

With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.

History in the making

History is happening all around you, every day.

The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these: