Life Timeline

For those born December 29, 1925.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the Winter Olympic Games.

On February 2014, Philip Bump wrote about how different the 1932 Winter Olympics were from the Winter Olympics today.

Year 96

You were born in December of 1925. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 1.7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Ian Colvin wrote about the life, work, and reputation of Winston Churchill, then British Chancellor of the Exchequer.


Around the time you were born, the Locarno Treaties were signed in London.

In February 1935, Barbara Spofford Morgan wrote about how Nazism was a reaction against the ideals of democracy.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Subhas Chandra Bose set up a pro-Japanese Indian government at Port Blair, India.

In April 2009, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the extremism and economic potency of India's Gujarat state under the administration of Narendra Modi, now the prime minister of the country.


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In 1952, Malcolm X, who was born the same year as you, was released from prison, where he had recently become a member of the Nation of Islam. He would go on to become one of its leaders, and an outspoken figure in the struggle for black rights.

In May 2011, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about Malcolm X's lasting influence.



Man on the Moon

At 43 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 fiber-optic communication.

In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.


NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 81, 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: