Life Timeline

For those born October 14, 1957.

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Before you were born

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

In August 2014, Caetlin Benson-Allott wrote about the innovative history and evolution of the remote control.


Around the time you were born, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first satellite to orbit the Earth.

On October 4, 2010, Alexis Madrigal wrote about the launch of Sputnik and how it sparked the space race.

Year 63

You were born in October of 1957. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Nora Johnson wrote about the inaccurate criticisms and unrealistic expectations college-educated woman faced in America.



Man on the Moon

At 11 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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The teenage years

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

The Partridge Family premiered in 1970.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Gerald Ford narrowly survived an attempted assassination at the hands of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.

In September 2005, Michael Slenske wrote about assassination attempts on American presidents.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In January 2011, Sharmin T.M. Kent wrote about Oprah launching her own television network, Oxygen.


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In 1989, Spike Lee , who was born the same year as you, released Do the Right Thing, which was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In February 2015, Sam Fragoso interviewed Lee about Ferguson, getting tenure at NYU, and the eclecticism of his film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 49, 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.


By the time you turn 67, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: