Life Timeline

For those born August 24, 1941.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2014, Richard A. Warshak explored how a real-life trauma may have impacted Batman's creator and shaped the troubled hero.


Around the time you were born, General Douglas MacArthur was named commander of all United States forces in the Phillipines.

In March 1999, David M. Kennedy wrote a five-part historical piece about the Pacific Islands during World War II.

Year 80

You were born in August of 1941. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Marshall responded to Albert Jay Nock's earlier article, entitled "The Jewish Problem in America," arguing that the true problem the country faced was intolerance.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.

In July 2002, Constance Hall wrote about the Hawaiian art form of hula.



Man on the Moon

At 27 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 "test-tube babies."

In October 2010, Cristine Russell wrote about the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) becoming more common.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 65, 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 2015, Bernie Sanders, who was born the same year as you, announced that he was running for president as a Democrat.

In January 2016, Molly Ball wrote about Sanders's ascendance in the primaries that year.

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: