Life Timeline

For those born June 8, 1954.

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Before you were born

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

In March 2014, Benjamin Welton wrote about the charismatic spy's World War I roots.


Around the time you were born, the first commercial nuclear power plant began operating in Obninsk, Russia.

In March 2011, Alexis C. Madrigal examined the reasons behind nuclear power not being as viable as it should be.

Year 68

You were born in June of 1954. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Arthur E. Sutherland wrote about the history that influenced the Supreme Court ruling on school segregation.


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The teenage years

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

The Graduate was released in 1967.



Man on the Moon

At 15 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Martin Joseph McNally hijacked American Airlines Flight 119.

In August 11, Abraham Tekippe wrote about the possibility of hijacking a plane in the post-9/11 world.

Half a life ago

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

In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.


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In 2004, Oprah Winfrey, who was born the same year as you, aired one of her most memorable episodes: during the show, she gave each member of the studio audience a new Pontiac G-6 sedan.

In December 2011, Caitlin Flanagan wrote about Oprah's ability to understand women and the power of TV better than anyone else.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 53, 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.


By the time you turn 66, 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.

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: