Life Timeline

For those born February 17, 1941.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Batman comics.

In May 2014, Richard A. Warshak explored how a real-life trauma may have impacted Batman's creator and shaped the troubled hero.


Around the time you were born, the United Service Organizations was founded as a way to entertain troops serving in World War II.

In September 2010, Wesley Morgan wrote about soldiers receiving care packages from home.

Year 81

You were born in February of 1941. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Marshall responded to Albert Jay Nock's earlier article, entitled "The Jewish Problem in America," arguing that the true problem the country faced was intolerance.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Fidel Castro became Cuba's prime minister.

In February 2008, Jonas Clark wrote about a collection of Atlantic articles on Castro and his legacy.



Man on the Moon

At 28 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 hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 66, 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 2015, Bernie Sanders, who was born the same year as you, announced that he was running for president as a Democrat.

In January 2016, Molly Ball wrote about Sanders's ascendance in the primaries that year.

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: