Life Timeline

For those born January 16, 2003.

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2002
Before you were born

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

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about how the show changed the music industry over time.

2003
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the NFL held the 37th Super Bowl in San Diego.

In December 2015, Jeanne Marie Laskas wrote about the discovery of the effect of concussions on brains, particularly for the NFL.

2003
Year 16

You were born in January of 2003. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 10 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about how the United States should manage its global empire.

2005

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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 2 years old, you began learning about the world just as we were reaching the outer solar system.

With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.

2008

Jason Reed / Reuters

A More Perfect Union

When you turned 5, you witnessed the election of Barack Obama.

The legacy of the first African American couple in the White House would be a major focus of The Atlantic.

2010
The halfway point

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

In February 2016, Katharine Schwab wrote about a new Instagram-friendly trend in art exhibitions.

2016

Frank Masi

The teenage years

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

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in 2016.

2016

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Contemporaries

In 2016, Neel Sethi, who was born the same year as you, starred in the live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

In April 2016, Christopher Orr reviewed The Jungle Book.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 18, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: