Life Timeline

For those born January 12, 1961.

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1960
Before you were born

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

In the July/August 2014 issue, Joshua Wolf Shenk wrote about the collaborative genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1961
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the end of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

In March 2016, Marina Koren wrote about Barack Obama's historic presidential visit to Cuba.

1961
Year 57

You were born in January of 1961. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eleanor Roosevelt demanded a national recommitment to the American Dream.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 8 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.

1974

Everett Collection

The teenage years

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

The Lords of Flatbush was released in 1974.

1979
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a joint effort was established between the United States and People's Republic of China to begin full diplomatic relations.

In September 2013, Matt Schiavenza wrote about how relations between the United States and China have changed.

1981

David Osborn / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 1981, Diana Spencer, who was born the same year as you, became Diana, Princess of Wales, after marrying Charles, Prince of Wales.

In April 2011, Alyssa Rosenberg wrote about the evolution of the princess myth, from Disney to Diana to Kate.

1989
Half a life ago

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

In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 46, 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.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 69, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: