Life Timeline

For those born March 28, 1936.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the board game Monopoly.

In November 2015, Emily Anne Epstein rounded up photos of the game and its players over the course of its 80-year history.


Around the time you were born, construction was completed on the Hoover Dam.

In December 2015, Philip K. Howard wrote about how a bipartisan deal could fix America's failing infrastructure.

Year 85

You were born in March of 1936. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Caroline A. Henderson wrote about the dire poverty, desiccated soil, and long, dark days she experienced on an Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, RCA began manufacturing its first color-television set for a price of $1,000.

In June 2015, Benjamin Gross wrote about the models who calibrated color television and, in doing so, reinforced long-standing hierarchies of gender and race.



Man on the Moon

At 33 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 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 71, 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.


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In 2013, Pope Francis, who was born the same year as you, became the 266th pope of the Catholic Church—and the first non-European pope in over a millenium.

In May 2015, Ross Douthat wrote about how Pope Francis would affect the divide among liberal and conservative Catholics.

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: