Life Timeline

For those born December 12, 1938.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the Golden Gate Bridge.

In May 2012, Jon Christensen discussed the history and significance of the bridge with the executive director of the California Historical Society.

Year 84

You were born in December of 1938. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2.0 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Raoul de Roussy de Sales wrote about the unrealistic way American men and women approached romantic relationships.


Around the time you were born, the Neuengamme concentration camp opened near Hamburg, Germany.

In September 1939, a writer under the pseudonym Dr. X wrote about their experience in an early concentration camp.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, and Carl Perkins spun up an impromptu jam session, later immortalized as the "Million Dollar Quartet."

In October 1994, Francis Davis wrote about the Million Dollar Quartet, and Presley's gift for mimicry.



Man on the Moon

At 30 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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In 1970, Judy Blume, who was born the same year as you, published the young-adult novel Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.

In May 2012, Jen Doll wrote about being introduced to puberty and sex through books.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after mass-produced personal computers.

In June 2015, David Sims wrote about how Apple and IBM convinced people to buy home computers in the 1970s and '80s.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 68, 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: