Life Timeline

For those born November 22, 1946.

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Before you were born

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

In February 1949, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project, wrote that the United States must approach its international responsibility for the atomic bomb with an open mind.


Around the time you were born, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization was established as a specialized agency of the UN.

In July 1956, Ben Bagdikian wrote about how the America Legion conflicted with UNESCO goals in the mid-20th century.

Year 76

You were born in November of 1946. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Karl T. Compton wrote about the effect of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II—and the potential cost had they not been used.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, General Alfredo Ovando Candía toppled Bolivian President Víctor Paz Estenssoro from power.

In July 2013, Kurt Weyland wrote about the authoritarian threat to democracy in Latin America.



Man on the Moon

At 22 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 MTV.

In August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 60, 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.


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In 2016, Donald Trump, who was born the same year as you, was elected president of the United States.

In June 2016, Dan P. McAdams wrote about the psychology of a mind like Trump's.

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: