Life Timeline

For those born January 30, 1995.

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1994
Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.

1995
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 4,000 for the first time.

In May 2016, Bouree Lam wrote about how the Dow, though popular, does not actually reflect the nature of the U.S. economy.

1995
Year 24

You were born in January of 1995. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gina Maranto wrote about women who put off trying to have children until their mid-thirties, and the reasons society should enable them to delay their careers instead of their childbearing.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 6 years old, you were part of the generation most shaped by 9/11.

The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.

2006
Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Kalev H. Leetaru considered whether Twitter was living up to its lofty aspirations.

2008

ABC

The teenage years

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

Modern Family premiered in 2008.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 15, you witnessed the revolutionary fervor that transformed the Arab world in 2010, a movement led by your generation.

When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.

2013
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope, choosing the name Pope Francis.

In March 2013, Olga Khazan wrote about the new pope.

2016

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Contemporaries

In 2016, Zach LaVine, who was born the same year as you, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest for the second consecutive year.

In October 2016, Robert O'Connell offered fans advice about how to enjoy the ongoing NBA season, despite its predictable conclusion.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 55, China is predicted to be the world's largest economy.

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: