Life Timeline

For those born February 2, 1938.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2012, Jon Christensen discussed the history and significance of the bridge with the executive director of the California Historical Society.


Around the time you were born, Adolf Hitler formally gained command of the entire German armed forces.

In March 2015, James Fallows wrote about a Netanyahu speech and its allusions to 1938 Europe.

Year 83

You were born in February of 1938. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2.0 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Raoul de Roussy de Sales wrote about the unrealistic way American men and women approached romantic relationships.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Elvis Presley entered U.S. music charts.

On July 8, 2014, Noah Berlatsky wrote that Elvis's cultural legacy is complicated by appropriation.



Man on the Moon

At 31 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.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after mass-produced personal computers.

In June 2015, David Sims wrote about how Apple and IBM convinced people to buy home computers in the 1970s and '80s.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 69, 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.


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In 2012, Phil Knight, who was born the same year as you, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport with his Nike shoe brand.

In July 2015, Megan Garber wrote about how Nike turned running shoes into fashion.

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: