Life Timeline

For those born January 16, 1991.

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1990
Before you were born

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

In October 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the disappearance of published content—including a Pulitzer finalist's 34-part investigative series—from the internet.

1991
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Operation Desert Storm began with bombing missions in Iraq.

In our January/February 2015 issue, James Fallows wrote about the tragedy of the modern American military.

1991
Year 28

You were born in January of 1991. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Witold Rybczynski wrote about the history of work and leisure time.

2001

Jason Redmond / AP

The 9/11 Attacks

At 10 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.

2004

Paramount

The teenage years

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

Mean Girls was released in 2004.

2004
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.

2004

David Allio / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 2004, Emma Roberts, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous.

In September 2014, Kevin O'Keeffe wrote about Roberts's role as Addie in the series.

2009
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, former Serbian President Milan Milutinović was acquitted of Kosovo war crimes.

In February 2013, Liam Hoare wrote about how the U.S. and Europe could help secure gains made in Kosovo since the state gained its independence.

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

The Arab Spring

When you turned 19, 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.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 39, 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.

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: