In November 2015, Julie Beck wrote about the science and research behind Dr. Seuss's silly words.
In June 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how humans imagined aliens at the beginning of the Space Age.
The year you were born, Frederic M. Bennett wrote about the history of antagonism between Muslim and Hindu communities.
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.
John Springer Collection / Corbis via Getty
The Last Picture Show was released in 1971.
In July 2015, Dara Bramson wrote about the problem with supersonic airplanes.
In March 2012, Cathy Alter wrote about what draws women to Madonna.
In February 2012, Hampton Stevens wrote about what The Simpsons had left to say after airing its 500th episode.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute
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.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these:
Sign up to be notified of any future updates to your timeline.
View the timeline for someone else's birthday.