Life Timeline

For those born June 23, 1913.

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Before you were born

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

In April 2010, Tom McNichol wrote about the environmental impact of opting for paper over plastic at the checkout counter.


Around the time you were born, the U.S. gave formal notification of ratifying the Constitution's Seventeenth Amendment, which established the popular election of senators.

On March 1, 2015, Garrett Epps wrote about the amendment's implications.

Year 109

You were born in June of 1913. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Vernon Kellogg wrote about the impact of war on human evolution, just one year before the First World War began.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, 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.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after G.I. Joe action figures.

In December 2015, Nolen Gertz wrote about adults' identities and the action figures they grew up with.




In 1969, Richard Nixon, who was born the same year as you, became the 37th president of the United States.

In April 2002, James Rosen wrote about Nixon's paranoid style of governing and the discovery that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been spying on the White House.



Man on the Moon

At 56 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 94, 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: