Life Timeline

For those born April 28, 1922.

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1921
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the Miss America pageant.

In September 2016, Megan Garber wrote about the dubious merits of the pageant's question and answer segment.

1922
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Vladimir Lenin appointed Joseph Stalin to general secretary of the Russian Communist Party.

In November 2014, Anne Applebaum wrote about how Stalin was a rational ideologue.

1922
Year 97

You were born in April of 1922. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edmund Candler wrote about the international influence and reputation of Mahatma Gandhi.

1940
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway in Operation Weserübung.

In July 2011, The Atlantic looked back on the photos of World War II.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 47 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.

1985

Gus Ruelas / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 1985, Betty White, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the sitcom The Golden Girls.

In March 2010, Niraj Chokshi wrote about White's career.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 85, 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: