Life Timeline

For those born October 20, 1926.

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Before you were born

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

In January 2015, Alana Semuels detailed how extended-stay motels have become homes for the suburban poor.

Year 94

You were born in October of 1926. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, William Z. Ripley wrote about why there should be more regulatory oversight of American industry, less than four years before the Great Depression set in.


Around the time you were born, the League of Nations' Slavery Convention abolished all types of slavery.

In May 2016, Marina Koren wrote about how more than half of the world's 46 million modern slaves live in five countries.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Nazi German soldiers put an end to Poland's two-months-long attempt to liberate Warsaw, killing tens of thousands of civilians in the process.

In the June 2002 issue, Norman Stone recounted the Nazis' last stand on the Eastern Front.




In 1959, Fidel Castro, who was born the same year as you, became prime minister of Cuba after a lengthy guerrilla war against the Batista-led government.

In September 1964, James Cameron wrote about Cuba under Castro's rule.



Man on the Moon

At 42 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 VCRs.

In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 80, 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: