Life Timeline

For those born January 19, 1980.

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Before you were born

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

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.


Around the time you were born, U.S. President Jimmy Carter initiated a grain embargo against the Soviet Union with the support of the European Commission.

In June 1980, George McGovern wrote about the inadequacy of the Carter administration's policies toward the Soviet Union.

Year 41

You were born in January of 1980. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mary Jo Salter wrote about how the potential for women to be drafted into the military made society think more deeply about both war and feminism.


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After the Fall

At 9 years old, you saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.


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The teenage years

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

Dazed and Confused was released in 1993.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit the cloning of humans.

In May 2002, Kayla Dunn wrote about why therapeutic-cloning research should not be banned.

Half a life ago

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

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


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In 2004, Ryan Gosling, who was born the same year as you, starred in the romantic hit The Notebook.

In December 2016, David Sims reviewed the film La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.


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After the Spring

When you turned 30, you saw the rise of the Arab Spring.

People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.


By the time you turn 41, 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.

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: