Life Timeline

For those born February 15, 1965.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without G.I. Joe action figures.

In December 2015, Nolen Gertz wrote about adults' identities and the action figures they grew up with.


Around the time you were born, hundreds of people, including Martin Luther King Jr., were arrested at a march in Selma, Alabama.

In March 2015, Benjamin Hedin wrote about the rise of Black Power after Selma.

Year 58

You were born in February of 1965. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert Manning wrote about his 1954 visit with the Nobel Prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, Cuba.



Man on the Moon

At 4 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.


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The teenage years

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

Grease was released in 1978.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the final episode of M*A*S*H aired on television and set a new record for most-watched television broadcast.

In March 2014, Derek Thompson wrote about the aging demographic of broadcast TV viewers.

Half a life ago

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

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.


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In 1998, Michael Bay, who was born the same year as you, directed the movie Armageddon.

In July 2014, Katie Kilkenny wrote about Bay's willingness to create profit-driven movies.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 42, 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.


By the time you turn 55, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: