Life Timeline

For those born April 21, 1957.

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1956
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without TV remote controls.

In August 2014, Caetlin Benson-Allott wrote about the innovative history and evolution of the remote control.

1957
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the first military nuclear power plant formally opened at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

On March 22, 2011, Alexis C. Madrigal reported on the history of the development and improvement of nuclear power.

1957
Year 62

You were born in April of 1957. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Nora Johnson wrote about the inaccurate criticisms and unrealistic expectations college-educated woman faced in America.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 12 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.

1970

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The teenage years

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

The Partridge Family premiered in 1970.

1975
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 occurred in Haicheng, China, killing 2,041 people.

In June 2011, Judith Lewis Mernit wrote about new techniques for predicting the next big earthquake.

1986
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In January 2011, Sharmin T.M. Kent wrote about Oprah launching her own television network, Oxygen.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 50, 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.

2013

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Contemporaries

In 2013, Caroline Kennedy, who was born the same year as you, became the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan.

In January 1994, Steven Stark argued that the Kennedys had transformed from political figures into cultural icons.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 67, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: