Life Timeline

For those born January 17, 1999.

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1998
Before you were born

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

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

1999
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the euro was established.

In November 1999, Robert Levin wrote about the role of the new euro.

1999
Year 20

You were born in January of 1999. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Ian Frazier wrote about life, culture, and heroism on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 2 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.

2008
Half a life ago

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

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about the evolution of exercise customization tools in Spotify and the improvements that still need to be made.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 11, 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.

2012

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The teenage years

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was released in 2012.

2014

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Contemporaries

In 2014, Sabrina Carpenter, who was born the same year as you, began starring as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World.

In August 2011, Kevin Fallon wrote about TV's history with failed remakes.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 51, China is predicted to be the world's largest economy.

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

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: