Life Timeline

For those born January 13, 1993.

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Before you were born

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

Year 25

You were born in January of 1993. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Erik Larson wrote about America's weak gun laws.


Around the time you were born, the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty was signed.

In September 2013, Ben W. Heineman Jr. wrote about the ban on chemical weapons.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 8 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 YouTube.

In June 2013, Michael Anthony Adams wrote about how the video-sharing service has helped fill a void in his life—and the lives of many other young viewers.


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The teenage years

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

High School Musical was released in 2006.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 17, 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Dilma Rousseff became the first woman to be elected president of Brazil.

In August 2016, Krishnadev Calamur and Marina Koren wrote about Brazil's Senate vote to remove Rousseff from power.


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In 2014, Ariana Grande, who was born the same year as you, released the Billboard Hot 100 songs "Problem," "Break Free," and "Love Me Harder."

In August 2014, Kevin O'Keeffe wrote about which emojis would represent celebrities.


By the time you turn 32, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

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

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: