Life Timeline

For those born July 21, 1939.

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1938
Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Carmen Petaccio wrote about the changes in recent history to comic-book heroes, and how they correlate with times of despair in America.

1939
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the U.S. ratified the 1936 Panama Treaty, giving the Panama Canal additional security and neutrality.

In March 2001, Ben Ryder Howe wrote about why there is no Panama highway.

1939
Year 82

You were born in July of 1939. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Dr. X wrote about his experiences as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.

1957
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the first rocket with a nuclear warhead was fired at Yucca Flat, Nevada.

In July 2015, Alan Taylor published a pictoral retrospective of early nuclear testing.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 30 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
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after mass-produced personal computers.

In June 2015, David Sims wrote about how Apple and IBM convinced people to buy home computers in the 1970s and '80s.

1984

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Contemporaries

In 1984, Tina Turner, who was born the same year as you, released her Private Dancer solo album, featuring singles like "What's Love Got To Do With It." The album went on to win four Grammy Awards.

In January 2013, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Turner's decision to relinquish her U.S. citizenship.

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 67, 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: