Life Timeline

For those born May 22, 1920.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without pop-up toasters.

In the July/August 2009 issue, Megan McArdle wrote about Americans' tendency to spend money on appliances like pop-up toasters even during the Depression.

Year 99

You were born in May of 1920. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gino Speranza wrote about how immigration threatened American culture.


Around the time you were born, Soviet Russians made the Treaty of Moscow, recognizing Georgia's independence.

In March 1928, Edmund Walsh gave a well-rounded account of the end of the Romanov period.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Alicante, Spain, was bombed by fascist rebels, killing between 275 and 393 civilians.

In March 2016, David A. Graham wrote about the life of the last living American vet of the Spanish Civil War.


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In 1946, Gene Tierney, who was born the same year as you, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven.

In November 1945, Raymond Chandler wrote about the difficulties encountered by the creative writer in Hollywood studios of the time.

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 49 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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Across the Universe

When you turned 87, 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: