Life Timeline

For those born February 4, 2002.

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Before you were born

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

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


Around the time you were born, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, charged with genocide and war crimes, began at The Hague.

In the April 2000 issue, Charles Trueheart wrote about the creation and jurisdiction of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which was tasked with prosecuting Milosevic.

Year 21

You were born in February of 2002. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Charles C. Mann wrote about the history of North America, and its advanced, prosperous civilizations, before the arrival of Columbus.


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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.


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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 6, 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.

The halfway point

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after turn-by-turn cellphone navigation.

In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about the technology behind Google's detailed directions.


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The teenage years

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

Dope was released in 2015.


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In 2016, Maddie Ziegler, who was born the same year as you, became the youngest judge to date on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, in additon to appearing in movies and launching a clothing line.

In September 2016, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about Sia's music video for her song “The Greatest,” which Ziegler appears in.


By the time you turn 47, 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: