Life Timeline

For those born August 29, 1936.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the board game Monopoly.

In November 2015, Emily Anne Epstein rounded up photos of the game and its players over the course of its 80-year history.

Year 86

You were born in August of 1936. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, a contributor to The Atlantic wrote about the multi-ethnic Americans who represented the “American race” after a wave of immigration.


Around the time you were born, Rainey Bethea was hanged in Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

In August 2014, Matt Ford wrote about the people who watch executions.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Communist Control Act was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In October 1998, James T. Patterson wrote about the Red Scare the lasted from the 1920s through the Cold War.



Man on the Moon

At 32 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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Across the Universe

When you turned 70, 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 2013, Pope Francis, who was born the same year as you, became the 266th pope of the Catholic Church—and the first non-European pope in over a millenium.

In May 2015, Ross Douthat wrote about how Pope Francis would affect the divide among liberal and conservative Catholics.

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: