Life Timeline

For those born December 1, 1927.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without Winnie-the-Pooh.

In August 2016, Maria Konnikova wrote about what grown-ups can learn from kids' books like Winnie-the-Pooh.

Year 95

You were born in December of 1927. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Alfred E. Smith responded to perceived conflicts between his religion and his political allegiance, as he campaigned to become the nation's first Catholic president.


Around the time you were born, the Ford Company unveiled the Model A car.

In August 1927, Earnest Elmo Calkins wrote about Ford and the emerging car industry.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Senate voted to approve U.S. participation in the United Nations.

In July 2015, Matt Thompson wrote about an Aspen Ideas Festival panel's discussion on changes the UN must make to renew its mission.



Man on the Moon

At 41 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 VCRs.

In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 79, 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 2013, Pope Benedict XVI, who was born the same year as you, announced that he would resign, becoming the first pope in centuries to step down from his post.

In the January/February 2006 issue, Paul Elie wrote about what Joseph Ratzinger stepping into the shoes of John Paul II meant for the Catholic Church.

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: