Life Timeline

For those born May 16, 1958.

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1957
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without The Cat in the Hat.

In November 2015, Julie Beck wrote about the science and research behind Dr. Seuss's silly words.

1958
Year 61

You were born in May of 1958. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Frederic M. Bennett wrote about the history of antagonism between Muslim and Hindu communities.

1958
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, protests in French Algeria ignited a military coup that resulted in the return to power of Charles de Gaulle.

In November 1960, Curtis Cate wrote about de Gaulle, who he called "one of the most complex Frenchmen" of the era.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 11 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

John Springer Collection / Corbis via Getty

The teenage years

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

The Last Picture Show was released in 1971.

1976
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

In April 2011, Nicholas Jackson provided an infographic of Apple's tumultuous rise to becoming the most valuable company in the world.

1984

AP

Contemporaries

In 1984, Madonna, who was born the same year as you, released the album Like a Virgin.

In March 2012, Cathy Alter wrote about what draws women to Madonna.

1987
Half a life ago

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

In February 2012, Hampton Stevens wrote about what The Simpsons had left to say after airing its 500th episode.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 49, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 62, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: