Life Timeline

For those born July 10, 1964.

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1963
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

In January 2016, Melinda D. Anderson explored the ways students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice.

1964
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to send armed forces into Vietnam.

In April 1968, James C. Thompson, who served in the U.S. Department of State under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, examined and condemned the policy decisions behind American involvement in Vietnam.

1964
Year 54

You were born in July of 1964. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edward Weeks, then editor of The Atlantic, endorsed a candidate for the United States presidency for only the second time in the magazine's long history, supporting then-incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over Senator Barry Goldwater.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 5 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.

1977

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The teenage years

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

Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977.

1982
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the International Whaling Commission decided to ban commercial whaling.

In May 1999, William Aron, William Burke, and Milton Freeman wrote about the politics and science of whaling activism.

1990
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the World Wide Web.

In October 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the disappearance of published content—including a Pulitzer finalist's 34-part investigative series—from the internet.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 42, 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.

2009

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Contemporaries

In 2009, Michelle Obama, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American first lady of the United States.

In November 2015, Michelle Obama wrote about addressing the global crisis in girls' education by challenging cultural beliefs and practices.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 60, 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.

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: