Life Timeline

For those born April 6, 1954.

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Before you were born

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

In March 2014, Benjamin Welton wrote about the charismatic spy's World War I roots.

Year 68

You were born in April of 1954. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, John F. Kennedy, then a Massachusetts senator, outlined his program to combat the unfair competitive practices that drove businesses out of New England and into the South.


Around the time you were born, the Senate began nationally televised hearings into dueling accusations made by the Army and Senator Joe McCarthy.

In September 2013, Steven Heller wrote about a series of portraits of participants in the infamous McCarthy hearings.


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The teenage years

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

The Graduate was released in 1967.



Man on the Moon

At 15 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, United Airlines Flight 855 was hijacked by Richard McCoy.

In July 2015, various writers posted their thoughts about the most significant flight in history.

Half a life ago

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

In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.


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In 1999, Hugo Chávez, who was born the same year as you, was sworn in as president of Venezuela after an earlier unsuccessful coup, eventually serving for 14 years.

In May 2006, Franklin Foer wrote about the presidency of Hugo Chávez.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 53, 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.


By the time you turn 66, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: