Life Timeline

For those born September 7, 1924.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the Walt Disney Company.

In May 2002, Richard Todd wrote about the strange and fascinating experience of traveling to Disney World as an adult.

Year 96

You were born in September of 1924. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Arthur D. Little wrote about how innovations in areas such as food packaging and steam power were changing everyday life.


Around the time you were born, AT&T sent a color photograph from New York to Chicago.

In February 2012, Maria Popova looked back on the early color photography of French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a Japanese plane dropped bombs on a site in southern Oregon, the first aerial bombardment to strike the U.S. mainland.

In August 2013, Conor Friedersdorf wrote about how war threatened the basic liberties of Japanese Americans.




In 1948, Doris Day, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Romance on the High Seas.

In August 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the man who collected items from John Updike's trash, including a letter from Day.



Man on the Moon

At 44 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 fiber-optic communication.

In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 82, 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: