Life Timeline

For those born January 31, 1997.

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Before you were born

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

In July 2016, David Sims described the path from Pokémon Red and Blue to Pokémon Go.


Around the time you were born, scientists announced the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep.

In June 2002, Robert A. Weinberg wrote that cloning had detrimental effects on other areas of research.

Year 25

You were born in January of 1997. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the troubling long-term prospects for democracy in a post-Cold War world.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 4 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.

Half a life ago

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

In November 2016, Bianca Bosker described how a former Google product philosopher was working to redefine the relationship between consumers and technologies like the iPhone.



The teenage years

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

Pretty Little Liars premiered in 2010.


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In 2010, Max Burkholder, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the TV show Parenthood as a child with Asperger syndrome.

In December 2014, Emma Bryce wrote about her brother's use of technology to cope with his autism.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 13, 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Islamic terrorists invaded the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, killing 12 people.

In January 2015 Karl Sharro wrote about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and offense.


By the time you turn 53, 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.

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: