Life Timeline

For those born April 21, 1921.

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Before you were born

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

In June 2013, Sebastien Malo wrote about the need and demand for Band-Aids that match the skin tones of non-whites.


Around the time you were born, the Allied Reparations Commission specified German reparations for World War I.

On November 3, 2014, Kabir Chibber evaluated what 100 years (and counting) of paying reparations meant to Germany.

Year 101

You were born in April of 1921. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Kenneth Chafee McIntosh wrote about the brief history and expansive potential of air travel, just eighteen years after the Wright brothers built the first successful plane.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini's troops invaded Albania.

In July 2000, Francis X. Rocca wrote about the political character and outlook of Galeazzo Ciano, the Italian foreign minister under Mussolini.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the computer mouse.

In May 2014, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about the resilience of the computer mouse.



Man on the Moon

At 48 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 1983, Nancy Reagan, who was born the same year as you, became the face of the "Just Say No" drug-abuse-awareness campaign.

In April 2014, Mark Stricherz wrote about the oppositon to marjuana legalization in the context of Reagan's campaign.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 86, 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: