In November 2015, David Sims wrote about the return of Star Trek to television.
In January 2011, Lane Wallace illustrated how internal and external expectations of NASA have weakened its original intent.
The year you were born, Mark Harris wrote about the hippie culture that flourished on San Francisco's famous Haight Street.
Fame was released in 1980.
In March 2015, Megan Garber wrote about that moment as a high point of celebrity earnestness.
Patrick Hertzog / AFP / Getty Images
“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In August 2011, Jamie Holmes wrote about how SMS is the driving force behind technology-enabled changes in commerce, crime, political participation, and governing in the developing world.
Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters
In April 2015, Christopher Orr wrote about the appeal of the several-part Fast and the Furious franchise.
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.
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.