Life Timeline

For those born January 12, 1941.

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1940
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Batman comics.

In May 2014, Richard A. Warshak explored how a real-life trauma may have impacted Batman's creator and shaped the troubled hero.

1941
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as president of the United States for the third time.

In April 1961, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote about revivifying the American Dream during the Cold War.

1941
Year 77

You were born in January of 1941. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Marshall responded to Albert Jay Nock's earlier article, entitled "The Jewish Problem in America," arguing that the true problem the country faced was intolerance.

1959
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Fidel Castro led a revolution, drove out Fulgencio Batista, and assumed power in Cuba.

In September 1964, James Cameron presented an eyewitness view of Castro's early leadership.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 28 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.

1979
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 66, 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.

2015

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Contemporaries

In 2015, Bernie Sanders, who was born the same year as you, announced that he was running for president as a Democrat.

In January 2016, Molly Ball wrote about Sanders's ascendance in the primaries that year.

Today
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: