Life Timeline

For those born February 17, 1951.

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1950
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without universal credit cards.

In April 2015, Joe Pinsker wrote about how people misuse credit cards without giving much thought to the consequences.

1951
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.

This amendment set term limits to the Office of the President. In May 2014, Norm Ornstein argued that term limits should also be imposed on the Supreme Court.

1951
Year 68

You were born in February of 1951. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Bertrand Russell considered three possible futures for the human race, as the Cold War set in.

1969
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Palestinian National Council appointed Yasser Arafat chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Elizabeth Shelburne interviewed David Samuels in the September 2005 issue about Arafat's legacy.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 18 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.

1984
Half a life ago

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

In June 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how Apple computers, once thought to be virus-immune, can now get PC viruses.

1991

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Contemporaries

In 1991, Luther Vandross, who was born the same year as you, started his "Power of Love" tour, which included four back-to-back sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden.

In April 2012, Michael Arcenaux wrote about how R&B had changed since that legendary tour.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 56, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 69, 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.

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: