When I was born – Can you guess?

Roy Rogers

Certain pivotal events cause us to reflect on the past or envision the future. New Year’s day is one such event; birthdays are another. Since my birthday is tomorrow, I thought it might be fun to see if you could guess when I was born, based on interesting tidbits I found online. After all, this site already has over 100 articles on The Future and several more on Preserving Your Digital Legacy. Isn’t it time to just look back and see how much change has occurred in our lifetimes? And document it?

Just Google “when i was born” to find sites providing that info, but don’t use any that ask for your full birthday due to identity theft risk.

When I Was Born


  • The bikini bathing suit
  • Latex paint
  • 3M magnetic tape
  • Radial tires, by Michelin
  • Honda motorcycle
  • Non-glare headlights
  • Nestle’s Quick
  • Seven-inch 45-RPM records, by Victor
  • 33-1/3 LP albums, by Columbia
  • Color newsreel, Warner Brothers
  • Transistor radio
  • Velcro
  • Garbage disposal
  • Female Army officer
  • UN creates World Health Organization (WHO)

Toys & Games

  • Scrabble
  • Clue board game
  • Candy Land board game
  • Water balloons
  • Wiffle Ball
  • Legos
  • Paint by Numbers kits
  • WW II Model Airplane kits
  • Mr. Potato Head

Average Prices

  • New house $7,700 (Today’s median = $270K, average = $311)
  • Employee Wages per year $2,950.00
  • Gasoline 16 cents/gallon
  • New car $1,250.00
  • Loaf of Bread 14 cents
  • Hamburger Meat 45 cents/lb
  • Popular Science and Mechanics Magazine 20 cents
  • Movie Ticket 60 cents

Some Other Stats

  • World Population was about 2.5 billion (today it’s over 7 billion)
  • Since I was born, my heart has beat 2.5 billion times;
  • I’ve blinked 420 million times;
  • I’ve taken 528 million breaths; and
  • I’ve slept 188 thousand hours (over 21 years).

So, When Was I Born?