Life Timeline

For those born June 15, 1947.

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1946
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without It's A Wonderful Life.

In December 2016, Bourree Lam and Gillian B. White discussed the film's still-relevant financial themes, seventy years after it was first released.

1947
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, President Harry Truman vetoed the Taft–Hartley Act, which was an attempt to restrict labor unions.

In April 2015, Kim Phillips-Fein wrote about what role, if any, the declining American labor movement might play in the contemporary politics of inequality.

1947
Year 74

You were born in June of 1947. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, David L. Cohn wrote about changing American attitudes toward marriage and monogamy, as the national divorce rate climbed.

1965
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, American astronaut Edward H. White left the Gemini 4 spacecraft to successfully complete the first spacewalk in U.S. history.

In July 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the dangers astronauts face when spacewalking.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 22 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.

1981
Half a life ago

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

In August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 60, 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.

2016

Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 2016, Hillary Clinton, who was born the same year as you, became the first female major-party presidential candidate in American history.

In November 2006, Joshua Green wrote about the life and career of Clinton, before her bids for the presidency.

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: