Life Timeline

For those born September 12, 1944.

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Before you were born

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

In February 2011, Alexis C. Madrigal surfaced footage from an early dive that featured a Lambertsen Underwater Respiratory Unit in action.

Year 78

You were born in September of 1944. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Justina Hill wrote about the fight against influenza, as the number of cases swelled nationwide.


Around the time you were born, the last train from Westerbork to the Auschwitz concentration camp departed.

In October 2012, Heather Horn wrote about the banality of evil: how seemingly normal Germans could commit the atrocities of World War II.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to galvanize Americans behind the mission to walk on the moon.

Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg posted the speech on its 50th anniversary in 2012.



Man on the Moon

At 24 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.


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In 1977, George Lucas, who was born the same year as you, released the first Star Wars film, kicking off the franchise.

In March 1979, Lynda Miles and Michael Pye wrote about Lucas's early life in Modesto, California.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the 24-hour news cycle.

In October 2009, Mark Bowden wrote about the toll of constant coverage.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 62, 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: