Life Timeline

For those born March 16, 1937.

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Before you were born

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

John Maynard Keynes articulated an early version of his famous theories in our pages in May 1932, arguing that the United States should spend more, not less, in order to curtail the worsening Great Depression.

Year 82

You were born in March of 1937. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2.0 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Henry C. Wolfe wrote about how the Third Reich's expansion would affect the various nations of Eastern Europe. He made these predictions two years before Hitler invaded Poland.


Around the time you were born, William Hastie was confirmed as the United States' first African American federal judge.

In October 2015, Michael O'Donnell wrote about the early legal career and civil-rights legacy of Thurgood Marshall, who became the Supreme Court's first black justice 30 years after Hastie was confirmed.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, apartheid in South Africa led to the forcible eviction of more than 60,000 nonwhite residents.

In September 2016, Kenichi Serino wrote about how apartheid continues to cast a shadow over South Africa.



Man on the Moon

At 32 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.




In 1972, Jane Fonda, who was born the same year as you, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie Klute.

In the July/August 2005 issue of the magazine, Tom Carson wrote about Fonda's "incoherent" life.

Half a life ago

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

In September 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the professional genius and personal failings of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and a new documentary that considered his mixed legacy.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 70, 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: