Life Timeline

For those born October 21, 1958.

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Before you were born

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

In November 2015, Julie Beck wrote about the science and research behind Dr. Seuss's silly words.


Around the time you were born, NASA began operations.

In July 2002, Michael Benson wrote about what NASA had enabled—a sublime portal to the cosmos, accessible from any computer.

Year 62

You were born in October of 1958. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, William R. Polk wrote about what America could learn from Iraq about Middle Eastern relations and attitudes.



Man on the Moon

At 10 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 Last Picture Show was released in 1971.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Mao Zedong's widow, Jian Qing, was arrested and charged with plotting a coup.

In December 1992, Orville Schell wrote about changing Chinese perceptions of Mao, from deification to obscurity and back again.


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In 1984, Michael Jackson, who was born the same year as you, won eight Grammy Awards in a single night, the first artist to do so. Thirteen years earlier, the King of Pop was nominated for his first Grammy with his siblings in The Jackson 5.

In February 2012, Joseph Vogel wrote about Michael Jackson's musical influence and legacy.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after The Simpsons.

In February 2012, Hampton Stevens wrote about what The Simpsons had left to say after airing its 500th episode.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 48, 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 66, 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: