Life Timeline

For those born December 30, 1960.

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1959
Before you were born

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

In January 2016, Megan Garber wrote about Mattel's move to introduce new Barbie dolls in varied sizes and skin colors.

1960
Year 59

You were born in December of 1960. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eliza Paschall wrote about how participating in the struggle for racial equality affected her identity as a Southerner.

1960
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, COBOL, one of the first programming languages to run on different types of computers, was first used.

In December 2010, Peggy Kidwell wrote about the birth of COBOL.

1969

NASA

Man on the Moon

At 8 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.

1973

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The teenage years

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

American Graffiti was released in 1973.

1976

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Contemporaries

In 1976, Bono, who was born the same year as you, formed the band U2.

In September 2012, Ashley Fetters wrote about U2's 1997 concert in Bosnia.

1978
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Spain became a democracy after almost 40 years of dictatorship.

In June 2014, Uri Friedman wrote about the Spanish monarchy and its help transitioning Spain to a constitutional democracy.

1988
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Shark Week.

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

2007

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Across the Universe

When you turned 46, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 60, 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.

Today
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: