Life Timeline

For those born August 16, 1930.

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Before you were born

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

In March 1948, Raymond Chandler disparaged the Oscars for rewarding mass apeal over artistry.

Year 92

You were born in August of 1930. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edgar Lawrence Smith wrote about how debit balances doomed the American economic system, just months after the Great Depression began.


Around the time you were born, R.B. Bennett became Canada's prime minister.

In August 2015, David Frum wrote about the hatred of Stephen Harper, a Conservative and Canada's prime minister at the time.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formed.

In September 1953, General Marshall wrote about the mistakes of pulling back from the Korean peninsula.




In 1964, Clint Eastwood, who was born the same year as you, starred in A Fistful of Dollars, the first of the Dollars Trilogy spaghetti-western films.

In August 2012, Christopher Orr wrote about Eastwood's political leanings.



Man on the Moon

At 38 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.

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.


NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 76, 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: