Life Timeline

For those born February 26, 1930.

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Before you were born

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

In March 1948, Raymond Chandler disparaged the Oscars for rewarding mass apeal over artistry.

Year 89

You were born in February of 1930. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edgar Lawrence Smith wrote about how debit balances doomed the American economic system, just months after the Great Depression began.


Around the time you were born, the Watsonville Riots began between Filipino immigrants and residents opposed to immigration, in Watsonville, California.

In October 1992, Jack Miles wrote about how conflicts caused by immigration fed the Los Angeles riots.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Soviet-backed Communist Party overthrew the democratic government of Czechoslovakia and began its 40-year rule of the country.

In October 2013, Vladimir Dubinsky interviewed Anne Applebaum about the rise of communism in Eastern Europe after World War II.




In 1964, Clint Eastwood, who was born the same year as you, starred in A Fistful of Dollars, the first of the Dollars Trilogy spaghetti-western films.

In August 2012, Christopher Orr wrote about Eastwood's political leanings.



Man on the Moon

At 39 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 cell phones.

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 77, 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.

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: