In December 2019 (and periodically since), a Facebook post claimed that that Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters would all be the same age if everyone was alive today:
An additional status update stated the claim was the poster’s “morning mind blow.” Text around a triptych of King, Walters, and Frank read:
Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank would be the same age as Barbara Walters if they were still alive today.
We tend to think they existed in very different times, but all three were born in 1929.
… and shared in part to Reddit’s r/showerthoughts in July 2015:
Although @OMGFacts simply said Frank, King, and Walters were born in the same year, the meme was typically accompanied by a claim such as one that society at large imagines that “they existed in very different times, but all three were born in 1929.” On Reddit, the poster said people “associate them as being in completely different periods in history.”
Veteran broadcaster Barbara Walters, 90 as of December 2019, was the youngest of the three. As the meme stated, Walters too was born in 1929. The youngest of the three, Walters’ birthday is September 25.
Despite the memes’ common claims the three were from “different periods,” some crossover existed between King’s fame and Walters. King was a national figure in the 1960s, and Walters’ career on television began in the 1950s. However, she was not officially recognized as a co-host until the 1970s:
In 1961 NBC hired Barbara Walters to work as a researcher and writer for its popular Today show. Her initial assignments were stories slanted toward female viewers. Within a few months, however, she lobbied for a breakthrough assignment to travel with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on a trip to India and Pakistan. The resulting report earned Walters increasing responsibility at the network.
By 1964 Walters became a staple of the Today show — starring alongside Hugh Downs and, later, Frank McGee — and earned the nickname “Today girl.” Though serving as a co-host, she wasn’t given that official billing until 1974, and was restricted from asking questions of the show’s “serious” guests until the male co-host had finished asking his.
Memes and posts claiming that Anne Frank, Barbara Walters, and Martin Luther King Jr. were all born in the same year were correct; all three came into the world in 1929. Frank lived to be 15 and King lived to be 39; Walters was 90 as of the end of 2019. Also born that year were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Dick Clark, and June Carter Cash.