Life Timeline

For those born June 16, 1931.

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Before you were born

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

In June 2014, Douglas Foster wrote about the impact of the World Cup on Brazil's politics.

Year 91

You were born in June of 1931. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Samuel Spring wrote about the incautious financial decisions that brought on the Great Depression, and the renewed trust and caution needed to prevent future recession.


Around the time you were born, Britain's House of Commons approved a law abolishing the death penalty for pregnant women.

In April 2015, Matt Ford wrote about the decline of the death penalty in America.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the first 12 women graduated from Harvard Medical School.

In July 2013, Keith Chen and Judith Chevalier wrote about whether medical school was a worthwhile pursuit for women.




In 1955, James Dean, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Rebel Without a Cause.

In May 2014, Derek Thompson wrote about defining the concept of "cool."



Man on the Moon

At 38 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 cell phones.

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 76, 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: