Life Timeline

For those born January 13, 1964.

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1963
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

In January 2016, Melinda D. Anderson explored the ways students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice.

1964
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the G.I. Joe toy made its debut.

In December 2015, Nolen Gertz wrote about how action figures help form the identities of adults.

1964
Year 54

You were born in January of 1964. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edward Weeks, then editor of The Atlantic, endorsed a candidate for the United States presidency for only the second time in the magazine's long history, supporting then-incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over Senator Barry Goldwater.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 5 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.

1977

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The teenage years

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

Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977.

1982
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, AT&T Corporation agreed to break up and divest itself of its seven regional Bell carriers.

In the January/February 2013 issue, Justin Fox wrote about the possible emergence and implications of web monopolies.

1990
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the World Wide Web.

In October 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the disappearance of published content—including a Pulitzer finalist's 34-part investigative series—from the internet.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 43, 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.

2009

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Contemporaries

In 2009, Michelle Obama, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American first lady of the United States.

In November 2015, Michelle Obama wrote about addressing the global crisis in girls' education by challenging cultural beliefs and practices.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 66, 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: