Life Timeline

For those born January 2, 1992.

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Before you were born

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

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.


Around the time you were born, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin declared the end of the Cold War.

In the July/August 2015 issue, David Frum wrote about how the Cold War continued after its official end.

Year 29

You were born in January of 1992. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Benjamin R. Barber wrote about the fate of democracy in a globalizing world.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 9 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.

Half a life ago

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

In May 2012, Stephen Marche wrote about how Facebook and other social-media platforms were making people lonely, even as they connected them to others more than ever before.


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The teenage years

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

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was released in 2005.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, affecting millions of people.

In May 2010, Tristram Korten wrote about the Barbancourt rum factory and its role in the coming rebuild of Haiti.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 18, 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.


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In 2013, Selena Gomez, who was born the same year as you, starred alongside James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.

In March 2013, Richard Lawson wrote about the presence of Disney stars in a comedic crime thriller.


By the time you turn 38, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: