Life Timeline

For those born February 15, 2000.

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Before you were born

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

In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.


Around the time you were born, Tarja Halonen was elected the first female president of Finland.

In June 2013, Olga Khazan wrote about how Finland is a great country for mothers and children.

Year 23

You were born in February of 2000. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the political character and career of Al Gore, just months before the latter fell less than six hundred votes short of the presidency.


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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 4 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.

The halfway point

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.


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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 8, 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.


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The teenage years

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

The Bling Ring was released in 2013.


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In 2016, Kanak Jha, who was born the same year as you, competed with Team U.S.A. in table tennis at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

In August 2016, Jeremy Venook wrote about the economic challenges lavish Olympic ceremonies pose for host countries.


By the time you turn 29, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: