Life Timeline

For those born January 9, 1979.

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1978
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without "test-tube babies."

In October 2010, Cristine Russell wrote about the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) becoming more common.

1979
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, a joint effort was established between the United States and People's Republic of China to begin full diplomatic relations.

In September 2013, Matt Schiavenza wrote about how relations between the United States and China have changed.

1979
Year 40

You were born in January of 1979. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows, who worked as a speech writer for President Jimmy Carter, wrote about why the latter's presidency had been so constrained.

1989

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After the Fall

At 10 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.

1992

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The teenage years

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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was released in 1992.

1997
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, scientists announced the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep.

In June 2002, Robert A. Weinberg wrote that cloning had detrimental effects on other areas of research.

1998
Half a life ago

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

In the July/August 2008 issue, Nicholas Carr wondered whether Google was making people stupid.

2002

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Contemporaries

In 2002, Adam Levine, who was born the same year as you, released his first album, Songs About Jane, with his band Maroon 5, which earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

In November 2013, Alexander Abad-Santos wrote about why Levine's being named Sexiest Man Alive is truly a success story.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 31, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 46, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: