Life Timeline

For those born August 31, 1960.

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1959
Before you were born

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

In January 2016, Megan Garber wrote about Mattel's move to introduce new Barbie dolls in varied sizes and skin colors.

1960
Year 59

You were born in August of 1960. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eliza Paschall wrote about how participating in the struggle for racial equality affected her identity as a Southerner.

1960
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, former European colonies in Africa began declaring independence en masse, starting with Benin.

In October 2012, Armin Rosen wrote about what imminent African independence looked like to a British diplomat in 1959.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 8 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.

1973

Bettmann / Getty

The teenage years

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

American Graffiti was released in 1973.

1978
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, former President Richard Nixon made his first public speech since his resignation.

In August 2014, James Graham wrote a retrospective on Nixon's resignation, 40 years later.

1987

AP

Contemporaries

In 1987, Jennifer Grey, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Dirty Dancing.

In November 2010, Kevin Fallon wrote about the resurgence of Dirty Dancing in popular culture.

1988
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Shark Week.

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 46, 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.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 69, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: