Life Timeline

For those born August 3, 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, the fourth Geneva Convention was established.

In February 2012, Andrew Cohen wrote about the American decision to use torture in contravention of the Geneva Convention.

Year 73

You were born in August 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, Thurgood Marshall became the first black Supreme Court justice in American history.

In October 2015, Michael O'Donnell wrote about Thurgood Marshall's career.



Man on the Moon

At 19 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: