Life Timeline

For those born February 9, 1957.

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1956
Before you were born

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

In August 2014, Caetlin Benson-Allott wrote about the innovative history and evolution of the remote control.

1957
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated for a second term as president of the United States.

In August 1964, Eisenhower wrote about George Catlett Marshall.

1957
Year 62

You were born in February of 1957. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Nora Johnson wrote about the inaccurate criticisms and unrealistic expectations college-educated woman faced in America.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 12 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.

1970

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The teenage years

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

The Partridge Family premiered in 1970.

1975
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 occurred in Haicheng, China, killing 2,041 people.

In June 2011, Judith Lewis Mernit wrote about new techniques for predicting the next big earthquake.

1987
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after The Simpsons.

In February 2012, Hampton Stevens wrote about what The Simpsons had left to say after airing its 500th episode.

1989

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Contemporaries

In 1989, Spike Lee , who was born the same year as you, released Do the Right Thing, which was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In February 2015, Sam Fragoso interviewed Lee about Ferguson, getting tenure at NYU, and the eclecticism of his film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 50, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 67, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: