Life Timeline

For those born February 17, 1970.

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Before you were born

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

In June 2015, Alia Wong wrote about the educational benefits of the beloved show.


Around the time you were born, five members of the so-called Chicago 7 were convicted of inciting riots.

In July 2016, Julian E. Zelizer wrote about how America is ignoring the lessons of 1968.

Year 52

You were born in February of 1970. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Diane Schulder wrote about how the law deals more harshly with women than with men.


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The teenage years

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

Risky Business was released in 1983.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Hustler magazine and overturned a settlement awarded to Jerry Falwell.

On March 14, 2011, Garrett Epps wrote that the new court should at least protect speech.


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After the Fall

At 19 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.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after graphical web browsers.

In September 2010, Niraj Chokshi noted how little the browser interface had changed since 1993.


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In 1998, Matt Damon, who was born the same year as you, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting with his childhood friend Ben Affleck.

In October 2012, Noah Bittell wrote about the political messages in Damon and Affleck's films, from Good Will Hunting to The Promised Land and Argo.


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After the Spring

When you turned 40, 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 64, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow 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: