Life Timeline

For those born May 16, 1963.

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1962
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Silent Spring..

In June 2012, Elizabeth Grossman wrote about the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book, and its continued significance.

1963
Year 56

You were born in May of 1963. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Walter Lippman insisted that the United States could be trusted to protect its allies, and the interests of the world, with its nuclear weapons.

1963
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the first James Bond film, Dr. No, premiered in the U.S.

In October 2013, James Parker examined the inner life of James Bond.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 6 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.

1976

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The teenage years

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

Carrie was released in 1976.

1981
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, President Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt and gunshot wound.

In April 2001, Richard V. Allen published transcripts from the White House Situation Room after Ronald Reagan was shot.

1984

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Contemporaries

In 1984, Michael Jordan, who was born the same year as you, made his professional basketball debut with the Chicago Bulls.

In February 2013, Allen Barra wrote about Jordan's place among the greatest basketball players in history.

1989
Half a life ago

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

In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 44, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 61, 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: