Life Timeline

For those born January 12, 1967.

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Before you were born

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

In November 2015, David Sims wrote about the return of Star Trek to television.


Around the time you were born, three U.S. astronauts were killed during the first manned mission of the Apollo space program.

In January 2011, Lane Wallace illustrated how internal and external expectations of NASA have weakened its original intent.

Year 51

You were born in January of 1967. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mark Harris wrote about the hippie culture that flourished on San Francisco's famous Haight Street.


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The teenage years

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

Fame was released in 1980.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, several of the most famous pop stars on earth gathered to record "We Are the World."

In March 2015, Megan Garber wrote about that moment as a high point of celebrity earnestness.


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After the Fall

At 22 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.

Half a life ago

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

In August 2011, Jamie Holmes wrote about how SMS is the driving force behind technology-enabled changes in commerce, crime, political participation, and governing in the developing world.


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In 2001, Vin Diesel, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the Fast and the Furious franchise as Dominic Toretto.

In April 2015, Christopher Orr wrote about the appeal of the several-part Fast and the Furious franchise.


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After the Spring

When you turned 43, 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.


By the time you turn 58, 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.

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: