Life Timeline

For those born June 3, 1919.

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Before you were born

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

In January 1928, an Atlantic contributor, writing under the pseudonym Neon, wrote about the notion of transporting mail by air and its dim prospects for the future at the time.

Year 103

You were born in June of 1919. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Herbert George Wells wrote about the historical and political case for the League of Nations, a year before it was founded.


Around the time you were born, the U.S. Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

In 1903, Lyman Abbott wrote about why American women did not want suffrage.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a total solar eclipse went on for longer than seven minutes, making it the first to do so in more than 800 years.

In September 2016, Rebecca Boyle wrote about the different ways artists have depicted eclipses through the centuries and how they help our scientific understanding of these events.




In 1947, Jackie Robinson, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American to play Major League Baseball.

In April 2013, Peter Dreier wrote about the overlooked history of baseball's integration.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the Super Bowl.

In January 2011, Henry D. Fetter wrote about how the big game got its name.



Man on the Moon

At 50 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 88, 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: