Life Timeline

For those born January 12, 1953.

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1952
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without seat belts in cars.

In January 2016, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about why cars have become safer while gun safety has remained relatively stagnant.

1953
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Dwight D. Eisenhower succeeded Truman as the 34th president of the United States.

In the January/February 2011 issue, Andrew J. Bacevich wrote about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, 50 years after Eisenhower's warning.

1953
Year 65

You were born in January of 1953. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Joseph S. Clark, Jr. wrote about how the American liberal movement could recapture the political power it had lost in the 1952 elections.

1966

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The teenage years

This is what Hollywood thought teenagers looked like the year you became one.

The Monkees was released in 1966.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 16 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.

1971
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the U.S. spacecraft Apollo 14 successfully landed on the moon.

In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal told the story of the forgotten opposition to the Apollo program.

1985

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Contemporaries

In 1985, Cyndi Lauper, who was born the same year as you, earned a Grammy for Best New Artist.

In April 2014, Emma Green wrote about feminism and Lauper's single "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

1985
Half a life ago

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

In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 54, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 68, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: