Life Timeline

For those born June 23, 1955.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2015, Julie Beck wrote about how scientists have honored and analyzed J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy epic.


Around the time you were born, Kermit the Frog made his television debut.

As Rebecca Greenfield recounted in March 2011, not all of Jim Henson's early creation were as adorable as Kermit.

Year 67

You were born in June of 1955. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Joseph S. Clark, Jr. wrote about the scarcity of good men in politics.


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The teenage years

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

Wild in the Streets was released in 1968.



Man on the Moon

At 14 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, the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev addressed the American people on television.

In August 2013, Robert Coalson wrote about a tape of a converation between Nixon and Brezhnev.

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 1988, Bruce Willis, who was born the same year as you, starred in the popular film Die Hard.

In October 2015, David Sims wrote about a planned Hollywood reboot of the Die Hard franchise.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 52, 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 69, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: