Life Timeline

For those born October 8, 1945.

Not your birthday? Find your timeline here.

Before you were born

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

In June 2015, James Hamblin offered advice on choosing the best sunscreen.

Year 75

You were born in October of 1945. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Vannevar Bush wrote about an internet-like machine—and the way we might interact with it—in our pages 45 years before the birth of the internet.


Around the time you were born, the United Nations was formed after 29 nations ratified its charter.

In July 2015, Steven Heller wrote about the German type designer Hermann Zapf, who hand-lettered the preamble of the Charter of the United Nations.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy authorized the FBI to tap the phones of Martin Luther King Jr.

It was "one of the most ignominious acts in modern American history," David Garrow wrote in the July/August 2002 Atlantic.



Man on the Moon

At 23 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.




In 1974, Bob Marley, who was born the same year as you, released one of his most popular songs, "No Woman, No Cry."

In July 2010, Hampton Stevens wrote about Hasidic artist Matisyahu's spin on reggae as an example of the "delightfully weird cultural cross-pollination" that's been part of pop music for decades.

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.


NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 61, 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: