Life Timeline

For those born November 20, 1933.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Little House on the Prairie.

In April 2011, Wendy McClure wrote about the enduring charm of Laura Ingalls Wilder's frontier stories.

Year 88

You were born in November of 1933. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Edith Wharton wrote about her creative process, thirteen years after winning the Pulitzer Prize.


Around the time you were born, former Bulgarian Prime Minister Andrey Tasev Lyapchev died.

In December 1998, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the Bulgarian government and organized crime.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, U.S. President Harry Truman officially declared an end to war with Germany.

In October 2012, Andrei Cherney wrote about Truman's scheme to end the Cold War.




In 1965, James Brown, who was born the same year as you, released "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," which was Brown's first hit to reach the Billboard top 10. The song won Brown his first Grammy at the ceremonies the following year.

In April 2013, John Lingan wrote about Brown's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and his and Nina Simone's responses to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Man on the Moon

At 35 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 commercial bar-code scanning.

In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 73, 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: