Life Timeline

For those born August 4, 1963.

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1962
Before you were born

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

In June 2012, Elizabeth Grossman wrote about the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book, and its continued significance.

1963
Year 57

You were born in August of 1963. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Walter Lippman insisted that the United States could be trusted to protect its allies, and the interests of the world, with its nuclear weapons.

1963
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The events of that day reverberated across decades, even across oceans, as this essay from a high school student in New Zealand, written in 2015, attested.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 5 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.

1976

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The teenage years

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

Carrie was released in 1976.

1981
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the IBM PC, the first blockbuster personal computer, was introduced to the public.

In June 2015, David Sims wrote about the introduction of the personal computer.

1989
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Game Boys.

In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.

1991

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Contemporaries

In 1991, Whitney Houston, who was born the same year as you, performed her iconic version of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV.

In February 2012, Jonathan Bogart wrote about Houston's legacy.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 43, 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 66, 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: