Life Timeline

For those born January 30, 1973.

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1972
Before you were born

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

In September 2015, David Sims argued that Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas endures as a more realistic, if not more beloved, portrayal of the mafia than even the Francis Ford Coppola classic.

1973
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the U.S. military officially withdrew from the conflict in Vietnam.

In March 2015, Alan Taylor published a photo essay on the Vietnam War.

1973
Year 46

You were born in January of 1973. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote about why the powers of the presidency spiraled out of control under Richard Nixon.

1986

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The teenage years

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

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was released in 1986.

1989

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After the Fall

At 16 years old, you saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.

1991
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Operation Desert Storm began with bombing missions in Iraq.

In our January/February 2015 issue, James Fallows wrote about the tragedy of the modern American military.

1995
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Toy Story.

In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.

2005

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Contemporaries

In 2005, Neil Patrick Harris, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the television show How I Met Your Mother.

In October 2014, David Sims wrote about Harris's performance as the host of the 87th Academy Awards.

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

After the Spring

When you turned 37, you saw the rise of the Arab Spring.

People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.

2032
Forecasts

By the time you turn 58, the collective GDP of the four leading developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is likely to match that of today's leading Western nations.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: