Life Timeline

For those born December 24, 1951.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without universal credit cards.

In April 2015, Joe Pinsker wrote about how people misuse credit cards without giving much thought to the consequences.

Year 70

You were born in December of 1951. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 2 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Bertrand Russell considered three possible futures for the human race, as the Cold War set in.


Around the time you were born, EBR-I became the first American power plant to produce electricity using atomic energy.

In January 1959, Commander E. E. Kintner recounted the story of the creation of the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus.



The teenage years

This is what Hollywood thought teenagers looked like the year you became one.

A Hard Day's Night was released in 1964.



Man on the Moon

At 17 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the U.S. held its first draft since World War II.

In April 1980, James Fallows discussed the case for a draft.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the Disney Channel.

In July 2015, James Parker wrote about the insidious messages tweens pick up from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.


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In 1991, Luther Vandross, who was born the same year as you, started his "Power of Love" tour, which included four back-to-back sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden.

In April 2012, Michael Arcenaux wrote about how R&B had changed since that legendary tour.


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Across the Universe

When you turned 55, 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.


By the time you turn 69, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: