Life Timeline

For those born January 18, 1986.

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1985
Before you were born

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

In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.

1986
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Challenger Space Shuttle broke apart in midair 73 seconds after launching.

In January 2016, Nathalia Holt wrote about the legacy of the Challenger disaster.

1986
Year 33

You were born in January of 1986. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, George Guilder argued that gender disparity in the workplace might have less to do with discrimination than with women making the choice to stay at home.

1999

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The teenage years

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

Freaks and Geeks premiered in 1999.

2001
Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Joe Pinsker wrote about the site's paid editors.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 15 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
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, General Pervez Musharraf won a confidence vote in Pakistan’s electoral college, extending his presidency by three years.

In the October 2007 issue, Joshua Hammer examined the eight-year Musharraf regime, how it changed Pakistan, and what it might mean for the future.

2004

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Contemporaries

In 2004, Lindsay Lohan, who was born the same year as you, starred in the movie Mean Girls.

In July 2013, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Lohan's attempts to re-legitimize herself.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 24, 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.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 64, 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: