Life Timeline

For those born January 1, 1933.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Little House on the Prairie.

In April 2011, Wendy McClure wrote about the enduring charm of Laura Ingalls Wilder's frontier stories.


Around the time you were born, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as chancellor of Germany.

In March 2012, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz interviewed Andrew Nagorski about how American journalists understood the rise of Hitler.

Year 88

You were born in January of 1933. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edith Wharton wrote about her creative process, thirteen years after winning the Pulitzer Prize.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.

This amendment set term limits to the Office of the President. In May 2014, Norm Ornstein argued that term limits should also be imposed on the Supreme Court.




In 1965, James Brown, who was born the same year as you, released "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," which was Brown's first hit to reach the Billboard top 10. The song won Brown his first Grammy at the ceremonies the following year.

In April 2013, John Lingan wrote about Brown's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and his and Nina Simone's responses to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Man on the Moon

At 36 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.

Half a life ago

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

In February 2000, James Fallows wrote about the time he spent at the company the previous year, designing an updated release of Microsoft Word.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 74, 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: