Life Timeline

For those born July 4, 1935.

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Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Tim Hanley wrote about what happened when DC Comics gave Lois Lane, Superman's perennial love interest, her own comic spinoff.


Around the time you were born, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In February 1934, Harold J. Laski wrote about how Roosevelt used state power to readjust the national economy.

Year 85

You were born in July of 1935. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, S. Foster Damon wrote about how Boston became one of America's most prominent cities.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, an armistice was reached that effectively ended the Korean War.

In July 2013, Brandon K. Gauthier wrote about the peace negotiations with North Korea at the end of the Korean War.




In 1964, Julie Andrews, who was born the same year as you, made her feature-film debut in Mary Poppins, which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the legacy and remastering of The Sound of Music.



Man on the Moon

At 34 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 Microsoft.

In February 2000, James Fallows wrote about the time he spent at the company the previous year, designing an updated release of Microsoft Word.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 71, 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: