Life Timeline

For those born August 4, 1931.

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1930
Before you were born

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

In June 2014, Douglas Foster wrote about the impact of the World Cup on Brazil's politics.

1931
Year 89

You were born in August of 1931. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Samuel Spring wrote about the incautious financial decisions that brought on the Great Depression, and the renewed trust and caution needed to prevent future recession.

1931
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, France and the U.S.S.R. entered into a treaty of nonaggression.

In June 2011, Alan Taylor published a photo essay on the years leading up to World War II.

1949
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, 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.

1955

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Contemporaries

In 1955, James Dean, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Rebel Without a Cause.

In May 2014, Derek Thompson wrote about defining the concept of "cool."

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 37 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
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after cell phones.

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 75, 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: