Life Timeline

For those born November 15, 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.

Year 65

You were born in November 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.


Around the time you were born, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit, carrying the dog Laika, the first animal to go to space.

In December 2012, Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg posted a video imagining a different fate for Laika, who had been sent to die in orbit.



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 became the second U.S. president to visit China.

In November 2009, James Fallows wrote about presidents' influence in Chinese diplomatic relationships.

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, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: