Life Timeline

For those born March 15, 1932.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the U.S. national anthem.

In July 2015, John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro wrote about well-known singers' varied interpretations of "The Star-Spangled Banner" over the years, and why their performances in particular tend to inspire outrage or praise.


Around the time you were born, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested and imprisoned in Yerwada Central Jail.

In the July/August 2011 issue, Christopher Hitchens interrogated the legacy of the man known as Mahatma Gandhi.

Year 90

You were born in March of 1932. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Helen Keller wrote about how technology could, and should, transform work—and what men could stand to learn on the subject.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Sofoklis Venizelos became the prime minister of Greece.

In July 2015, David Graham wrote about the history of Greek society and politics and how it related to the recent debt crisis.




In 1966, Elizabeth Taylor, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In November 2013, Ben W. Heineman Jr. and Cristine Russell wrote about Taylor's role as Leslie Lynnton in Giant.



Man on the Moon

At 37 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 commercial bar-code scanning.

In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 75, 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: