Life Timeline

For those born August 19, 1947.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without It's A Wonderful Life.

In December 2016, Bourree Lam and Gillian B. White discussed the film's still-relevant financial themes, seventy years after it was first released.

Year 75

You were born in August of 1947. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, David L. Cohn wrote about changing American attitudes toward marriage and monogamy, as the national divorce rate climbed.


Around the time you were born, India and Pakistan gained independence from Great Britain.

In the February 1958 issue, Frederic M. Bennett explored how old antagonisms between Hindus and Muslims were playing out as conflict between India and Pakistan.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibiting racial discrimination in voting law.

In August 2015, David A. Graham wrote about the VRA 50 years in perspective.



Man on the Moon

At 21 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 MTV.

In August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 59, 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.


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In 2016, Hillary Clinton, who was born the same year as you, became the first female major-party presidential candidate in American history.

In November 2006, Joshua Green wrote about the life and career of Clinton, before her bids for the presidency.

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: