Life Timeline

For those born May 25, 1923.

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Before you were born

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

In July 2012, Ian Buckwalter explained how documentaries can use fake footage to tell real stories.

Year 98

You were born in May of 1923. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Pearl S. Buck wrote about the social and cultural changes shaping the younger generation in China, where she lived and worked.


Around the time you were born, an order to "dump arms" from the Irish Republican Army's Frank Aiken ended the Irish Civil War.

In June 2016, Naomi O'Leary wrote about the consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Royal Navy obtained an Enigma machine from a captured U-boat.

In August 1989, Paul Fussell wrote an unflinching examination of World War II.


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In 1947, Anne Baxter, who was born the same year as you, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sophie in the 1946 film The Razor's Edge.

In August 2011, James Fallows wrote about the accent commonly heard in films from the mid-1940s.



Man on the Moon

At 46 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.

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.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 84, 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: