Life Timeline

For those born August 17, 1937.

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Before you were born

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

John Maynard Keynes articulated an early version of his famous theories in our pages in May 1932, arguing that the United States should spend more, not less, in order to curtail the worsening Great Depression.

Year 85

You were born in August of 1937. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gilbert Seldes wrote about the problems with television, less than a decade after the first regular broadcast.


Around the time you were born, the Marihuana Tax Act was introduced.

In August 2014, Conor Friedersdorf wrote about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the first Sudanese Civil War began.

In April 1986, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the internal and external strife that threatened Sudan's government during the country's second civil war.



Man on the Moon

At 31 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 Apple.

In September 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the professional genius and personal failings of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and a new documentary that considered his mixed legacy.


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In 2005, Morgan Freeman, who was born the same year as you, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Million Dollar Baby.

In January 2010, Ed Koch wrote about Freeman's "outstanding" performance in Invitctus.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 69, 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: