Life Timeline

For those born October 15, 1962.

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1961
Before you were born

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

In April 2011, The Atlantic editors collected essays about human spaceflight on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic trip.

1962
Year 56

You were born in October of 1962. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert Moses, the controversial and influential city planner who shaped the development of New York City, defended his vision for the American city.

1962
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Soviet missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads were found in Cuba.

In January 2013, Benjamin Schwarz argued that the popular narrative of the Cuban missile crisis was wrong.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 6 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.

1975

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The teenage years

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

Cooley High was released in 1975.

1980
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, incumbent U.S. President Jimmy Carter defeated Senator Edward Kennedy in a bitterly contested presidential nomination battle.

In May 1979, James Fallows, who was a speech writer for Carter, wrote about why the latter's presidency had been so constrained.

1989
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Game Boys.

In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.

1991

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Contemporaries

In 1991, Demi Moore, who was born the same year as you, earned a Golden Globe nomination for Ghost.

In July 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the enduring popularity of one of the songs used in the movie, "Unchained Melody."

2007

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Across the Universe

When you turned 44, 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.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 67, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: