Life Timeline

For those born September 27, 1961.

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1960
Before you were born

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

In the July/August 2014 issue, Joshua Wolf Shenk wrote about the collaborative genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1961
Year 58

You were born in September of 1961. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eleanor Roosevelt demanded a national recommitment to the American Dream.

1961
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Dan Rather created the first TV news broadcast to show radar images of the path of a storm, the powerful Hurricane Carla.

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how Rather devised the influential storm radar broadcast.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 7 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.

1974

Everett Collection

The teenage years

This is what Hollywood thought teenagers looked like the year you became one.

The Lords of Flatbush was released in 1974.

1979
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Pioneer 11 became the first space probe to reach as far as Saturn.

In January 2016, Ross Anderson wrote about why Saturn is the best planet.

1988
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Shark Week.

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 45, 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.

2008

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 2008, Barack Obama, who was born the same year as you, was elected the 44th president of the United States.

In April 2016, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about Barack Obama's approach to foreign policy.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 59, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

Today
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: