Life Timeline

For those born July 4, 1924.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2002, Richard Todd wrote about the strange and fascinating experience of traveling to Disney World as an adult.

Year 95

You were born in July of 1924. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Arthur D. Little wrote about how innovations in areas such as food packaging and steam power were changing everyday life.


Around the time you were born, the American military occupation of the Dominican Republic ended.

In the July/August 2003 issue, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about how the United States should exert its international power.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, German Nazi forces began the mass extermination of all Warsaw Jews.

In October 2011, Alan Taylor published a photo essay on the horrors of the Holocaust.




In 1948, Doris Day, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Romance on the High Seas.

In August 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the man who collected items from John Updike's trash, including a letter from Day.



Man on the Moon

At 45 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 fiber-optic communication.

In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 82, 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: