Life Timeline

For those born July 4, 1937.

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1936
Before you were born

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

John Maynard Keynes articulated an early version of his famous theories in our pages in May 1932, arguing that the United States should spend more, not less, in order to curtail the worsening Great Depression.

1937
Year 81

You were born in July of 1937. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gilbert Seldes wrote about the problems with television, less than a decade after the first regular broadcast.

1937
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Japanese forces invaded China, which led to the beginning of World War II in Asia.

On July 17, 2011, Alan Taylor published a photo essay about the Pacific theater.

1955
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the first Sudanese Civil War began.

In April 1986, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the internal and external strife that threatened Sudan's government during the country's second civil war.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 32 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.

1972

AP

Contemporaries

In 1972, Jane Fonda, who was born the same year as you, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie Klute.

In the July/August 2005 issue of the magazine, Tom Carson wrote about Fonda's "incoherent" life.

1976
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Apple.

In September 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the professional genius and personal failings of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and a new documentary that considered his mixed legacy.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 69, 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.

Today
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: