Life Timeline

For those born June 19, 1926.

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Before you were born

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

In January 2015, Alana Semuels detailed how extended-stay motels have become homes for the suburban poor.

Year 96

You were born in June of 1926. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, William Z. Ripley wrote about why there should be more regulatory oversight of American industry, less than four years before the Great Depression set in.


Around the time you were born, the League of Nations held its 40th meeting in Geneva.

In June 1920, Raymond B. Fosdick wrote about the early activities and import of the League of Nations.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the U.S. military landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, during D-Day's Operation Overlord.

In the November 1960 issue, veteran and military historian S.L.A. Marshall described landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, drawn from his notes taken on that day.


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In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II, who was born the same year as you, assumed the responsibilities of the ruling monarch. Her official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey.

In December 1943, Wilson Harris wrote about how Queen Elizabeth II's education compares with that of an American girl of the same age.



Man on the Moon

At 43 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 VCRs.

In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 81, 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: