Life Timeline

For those born April 11, 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, the Hindenburg completed its first transatlantic flight and arrived in Rio de Janeiro.

In May 2012, Alan Taylor looked back on the successful transatlantic travels of the airship in 1936 and its famous, fiery destruction in 1937.

Year 86

You were born in April 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, 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.



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: