Life Timeline

For those born July 4, 1950.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In November 2016, Andrew Simmons wrote about the experience of teaching Nineteen Eighty-Four in his high school classes after Donald Trump's election.


Around the time you were born, the Suppression of Communism Act came into force in South Africa.

In October 1988, James T. Patterson examined how McCarthyism came to be and what it meant.

Year 71

You were born in July of 1950. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert Moses, the controversial and influential city planner who shaped the development of New York City, wrote about how greedy speculators and weak regulations compromised the quality of new suburban homes.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Los Angeles after winning the California primary.

In September 2012, David A. Graham wrote about Bobby Kennedy's funeral.



Man on the Moon

At 19 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 the Disney Channel.

In July 2015, James Parker wrote about the insidious messages tweens pick up from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.


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In 2005, Arianna Huffington, who was born the same year as you, co-founded The Huffington Post.

In April 2010, Shauna Miller wrote about how newspapers can stay alive in the digital age.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 56, 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: