Life Timeline

For those born October 9, 1929.

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Before you were born

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

In February 2012, Art Molella wrote about why sliced bread is "the best thing."

Year 91

You were born in October of 1929. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Harvey H. Bundy wrote about insider trading in the American stock market, just months before the crash that precipitated the Great Depression.


Around the time you were born, the U.S. stock market began a precipitous crash that gave rise to the Great Depression.

In December 2008, Laura Brunts and Theodore Kahn looked back at Atlantic articles from the 1930s about how Americans responded to the Great Depression.


Courtesy of Photo Collections Anne Frank House, Amsterdam


In 1942, Anne Frank, who was born the same year as you, began to write The Diary of a Young Girl while hiding from Nazis with her family in Amsterdam.

In November 2013, Jeremy Elias wrote about the importance of sharing personal accounts of the Holocaust.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Harry Truman gave the first televised presidential address.

In January 2011, George E. Condon Jr. wrote about the history of the State of the Union address.



Man on the Moon

At 39 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 The Godfather.

In September 2015, David Sims argued that Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas endures as a more realistic, if not more beloved, portrayal of the mafia than even the Francis Ford Coppola classic.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 77, 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: