Life Timeline

For those born April 12, 1949.

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Before you were born

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

In December 1997, Jonathan Scull wrote about shopping for records in lower Manhattan.


Around the time you were born, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed, establishing NATO.

In July 2016, Krishnadev Calamur wrote about NATO members' reactions to Donald Trump's suggestion that the United States might abandon NATO.

Year 74

You were born in April of 1949. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Isaiah Berlin wrote about the life and writings of Winston Churchill.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Colorado became the first state in more than 150 years to extend legal abortion access to women whose lives weren't in immediate danger.

In August 1965, Mrs. X wrote a first-person account about getting an illegal abortion.



Man on the Moon

At 20 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.


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In 1979, Meryl Streep, who was born the same year as you, received her first Academy Award nomination for her role in The Deer Hunter. Streep holds the record for Academy Award acting nominations with 20.

In February 2014, Megan Garber argued against Streep's soft "humanism."

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after CD players.

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 58, 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.

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: