Life Timeline

For those born July 22, 1915.

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Before you were born

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

A film made by Chevrolet in 1937 and preserved in the Prelinger Archive explained how traffic lights worked.

Year 106

You were born in July of 1915. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Walter Prichard Eaton argued that the rise of cinema would widen class divides.


Around the time you were born, President Woodrow Wilson sent U.S. Marines to Haiti, where they stayed until 1934.

In the January/February 2010 issue, David M. Kennedy wrote about Woodrow Wilson as a model for realist foreign policy.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the United Kingdom resumed trading with the Soviet Union after a months-long embargo.

In March 2012, Andrea Chalupa wrote about how Animal Farm gave hope to Stalin’s refugees.


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In 1946, Frank Sinatra, who was born the same year as you, released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, which rose to #1 on the Billboard charts.

In September 1998, Francis Davis wrote about Sinatra's legacy.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after The Sound of Music.

In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the magic that makes the movie resonate decades after its release.



Man on the Moon

At 54 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.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 91, 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: