Life Timeline

For those born March 30, 1960.

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1959
Before you were born

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

In January 2016, Megan Garber wrote about Mattel's move to introduce new Barbie dolls in varied sizes and skin colors.

1960
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, white police in South Africa fired into a crowd of unarmed protesters, killing 69 people.

In August 2012, Daniel Magaziner and Sean Jacobs wrote about a contemporary massacre of protesters in South Africa that was drawing comparisons to the tragedy in 1960.

1960
Year 59

You were born in March of 1960. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eliza Paschall wrote about how participating in the struggle for racial equality affected her identity as a Southerner.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 9 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.

1973

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The teenage years

This is what Hollywood thought teenagers looked like the year you became one.

American Graffiti was released in 1973.

1976

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Contemporaries

In 1976, Bono, who was born the same year as you, formed the band U2.

In September 2012, Ashley Fetters wrote about U2's 1997 concert in Bosnia.

1978
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Italian former Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped.

The kidnapping (and eventual murder) of Moro by Italy’s Red Brigades was the result of a campaign of terrorism sponsored by the Soviet Union, as Nick Lockwood wrote in 2011.

1988
Half a life ago

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

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 47, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 64, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

Today
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: