Life Timeline

For those born November 9, 1929.

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Before you were born

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

In February 2012, Art Molella wrote about why sliced bread is "the best thing."

Year 93

You were born in November of 1929. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Harvey H. Bundy wrote about insider trading in the American stock market, just months before the crash that precipitated the Great Depression.


Around the time you were born, heavy casualties occurred in the Hunan province during the Chinese Civil War.

In October 2013, Larry Diamond discussed the survivability of Chinese communism.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into Arab and Jewish zones, resulting in the formation of the state of Israel a few months later.

In October 1961, Martha Gellhorn wrote about the Palestinian refugee problem.


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In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., who was born the same year as you, gave his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In September 2015, high-school student Nicolas Yan wrote about why the speech still resonates 50 years later, even for those outside the U.S.



Man on the Moon

At 39 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 The Godfather.

In September 2015, David Sims argued that Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas endures as a more realistic, if not more beloved, portrayal of the mafia than even the Francis Ford Coppola classic.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 77, 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: