Life Timeline

For those born February 17, 1982.

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1981
Before you were born

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

In August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.

1982
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, AT&T Corporation agreed to break up and divest itself of its seven regional Bell carriers.

In the January/February 2013 issue, Justin Fox wrote about the possible emergence and implications of web monopolies.

1982
Year 37

You were born in February of 1982. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson wrote about the theory behind "broken windows" policing, and how the practice could make communities safer.

1995

Paramount

The teenage years

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

Clueless was released in 1995.

1999
Half a life ago

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

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

2000
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, 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.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 19 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.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 28, 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.

2015

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Contemporaries

In 2015, Misty Copeland, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre.

In August 2015, Madison Mainwaring wrote about the death of the American dance critic.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 38, 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.

Today
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: