Life Timeline

For those born October 13, 1950.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In November 2016, Andrew Simmons wrote about the experience of teaching Nineteen Eighty-Four in his high school classes after Donald Trump's election.


Around the time you were born, the People's Republic of China sent troops into Korea, entering the Korean War.

In February 1997, Bruce Cumings wrote about how the U.S. should finally withdraw from the Korean War.

Year 70

You were born in October of 1950. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 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, wrote about how greedy speculators and weak regulations compromised the quality of new suburban homes.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, NASA launched the Apollo 7 manned spacecraft.

In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal described early arguments against American investment in a moon landing program.



Man on the Moon

At 18 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.


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In 1972, Stevie Wonder, who was born the same year as you, released Talking Book, which featured two of his most popular singles: "Superstition" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Shortly after its release, Wonder was a supporting act on the Rolling Stones American Tour 1972.

In October 2012, Chris Williams interviewed producer Robert Margouleff about the making of Wonder's Talking Book album.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the Disney Channel.

In July 2015, James Parker wrote about the insidious messages tweens pick up from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 56, 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: