Life Timeline

For those born May 15, 1927.

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1926
Before you were born

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

In August 2016, Maria Konnikova wrote about what grown-ups can learn from kids' books like Winnie-the-Pooh.

1927
Year 92

You were born in May of 1927. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Alfred E. Smith responded to perceived conflicts between his religion and his political allegiance, as he campaigned to become the nation's first Catholic president.

1927
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, General Rodolfo Gallegos, the Mexican rebel leader, was shot while fleeing authorities.

In August 2009, Graeme Wood related Mexico's narcoterrorism to the Cristero War.

1945
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin.

In June 2002, Norman Stone wrote about the end of the fighting on the Eastern Front.

1953

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Contemporaries

In 1953, Eartha Kitt, who was born the same year as you, released the popular songs "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby," both of which became top 10 hits.

In January 2011, Sady Doyle wrote about the history of the comic-book character Catwoman, who Kitt portrayed on the 1960s Batman television series.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 42 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.

1971
Half a life ago

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

In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 80, 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: