Life Timeline

For those born August 19, 1943.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without T-shirts.

In September 2013, Cameron Kunzelman wrote about black T-shirts and the powerful men who wear them.


Around the time you were born, Georgia lowered the legal voting age from 21 to 18.

In October 1998, Martin P. Wattenberg argued for an Election-Day holiday.

Year 79

You were born in August of 1943. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Wilson Harris wrote about how then-Princess Elizabeth's education compared with that of an American girl of the same age.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the communist government in East Germany began construction of the Berlin Wall.

In May 2009, Lane Wallace wrote about his memories of being a grad student in Berlin in the age of the wall.



Man on the Moon

At 25 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 hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.




In 1993, Catherine Deneuve, who was born the same year as you, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Indochine.

In November 2011, Heather Horn wrote about French films featuring political topics.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 63, 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: