Life Timeline

For those born December 2, 1931.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the FIFA World Cup.

In June 2014, Douglas Foster wrote about the impact of the World Cup on Brazil's politics.

Year 91

You were born in December of 1931. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Samuel Spring wrote about the incautious financial decisions that brought on the Great Depression, and the renewed trust and caution needed to prevent future recession.


Around the time you were born, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize.

In October 1916, she took to the pages of The Atlantic to write about the struggles of ordinary women living in poverty.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte were executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.

In August 2012, Armin Rosen published a pictorial history of India's independence and division.




In 1955, James Dean, who was born the same year as you, starred in the film Rebel Without a Cause.

In May 2014, Derek Thompson wrote about defining the concept of "cool."



Man on the Moon

At 37 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 cell phones.

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 75, 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: