Life Timeline

For those born April 8, 1923.

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1922
Before you were born

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

In July 2012, Ian Buckwalter explained how documentaries can use fake footage to tell real stories.

1923
Year 96

You were born in April of 1923. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Pearl S. Buck wrote about the social and cultural changes shaping the younger generation in China, where she lived and worked.

1923
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, England's Prince Albert, Duke of York, married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

In April 2011, Alan Taylor put together a retrospective of royal weddings.

1941
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Japan and the U.S.S.R. signed the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact.

In August 2012, Max Fisher wrote about how Emperor Hirohito's radio address radically altered Japanese culture.

1947

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Contemporaries

In 1947, Anne Baxter, who was born the same year as you, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sophie in the 1946 film The Razor's Edge.

In August 2011, James Fallows wrote about the accent commonly heard in films from the mid-1940s.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 46 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.

1969
Half a life ago

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

In June 2015, Alia Wong wrote about the educational benefits of the beloved show.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 84, 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.

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: