Life Timeline

For those born July 16, 1949.

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Before you were born

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

In December 1997, Jonathan Scull wrote about shopping for records in lower Manhattan.


Around the time you were born, Syria and Israel signed an armistice agreement.

In 1961, Martha Gellhorn described the tensions simmering in Palestine and Israel amid the series of armistices that preceded the Six-Day War.

Year 71

You were born in July of 1949. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Isaiah Berlin wrote about the life and writings of Winston Churchill.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the 12th Street Riot, one of the worst riots in U.S. history, began in Detroit.

In August 2014, Ron Fournier wrote about what his father, who worked as a Detroit riot cop, might think of the protests in Ferguson.



Man on the Moon

At 20 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.




In 1973, Billy Joel, who was born the same year as you, released the album Piano Man.

In November 2010, Marc Ambinder wrote about how Billy Joel's lyrics reflected the cause of the partial collapse of the Democratic Party in the industrial Midwest.

Half a life ago

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

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 57, 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: