Life Timeline

For those born February 28, 1921.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Band-Aids.

In June 2013, Sebastien Malo wrote about the need and demand for Band-Aids that match the skin tones of non-whites.


Around the time you were born, a rebellion by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation began against Soviet Russia.

On February 16, 2013, Ruzanna Stepanian and Satenik Vantsian wrote about disqualifications, hunger strikes, and an assassination attempt during Armenia's bizarre campaign season.

Year 100

You were born in February of 1921. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Kenneth Chafee McIntosh wrote about the brief history and expansive potential of air travel, just eighteen years after the Wright brothers built the first successful plane.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers were not required to reinstate fired employees after a sit-down strike.

In March 2011, Garance Franke-Rutka wrote about a Wisconsin law that would outlaw sit-down strikes for state employees.




In 1947, Prince Philip, who was born the same year as you, relinquished his Greek and Danish royal titles to become a naturalized British subject and marry Queen Elizabth II.

In November 2016, David Sims wrote about the Netflix original series The Crown, which chronicles the lives of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II as she assumes the throne.



Man on the Moon

At 48 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 Sesame Street.

In June 2015, Alia Wong wrote about the educational benefits of the beloved show.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 86, 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: