Life Timeline

For those born October 10, 1942.

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Before you were born

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

In April 2014, Charles Moss wrote about how Captain America became a McCarthy-esque warrior against Communism in the 1950s.

Year 78

You were born in October of 1942. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Bernard Iddings Bell wrote about how the Christian church must adapt to maintain a foothold in mainstream culture.


Around the time you were born, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser Curacoa in half, killing 337 officers and crew.

In May 2004, William Langewiesche wrote about a devastating ferry boat crash in the Baltic Sea that claimed hundreds of lives a decade earlier.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Dr. Patricia Jevons identified MRSA, a strain of staphylococcus aureus resistant to the antibiotic methicillin.

In November 2015, Ed Yong wrote about how medical jargon prevented the public from understanding the deadly threat posed by "superbugs" like MRSA.


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In 1969, Barbra Streisand, who was born the same year as you, won her first Academy Award for the movie Funny Girl.

In October 2010, Stephen Cooke wrote about the band Duck Sauce's song "Barbra Streisand."



Man on the Moon

At 26 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 hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 64, 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: