Life Timeline

For those born March 2, 1976.

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1975
Before you were born

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

In February 2000, James Fallows wrote about the time he spent at the company the previous year, designing an updated release of Microsoft Word.

1976
Year 42

You were born in March of 1976. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, David Halberstam wrote about how American centers of power had been affected by science, technology, and modern communications.

1976
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Argentine military disposed President Isabel Perón.

In March 2009, Terrence Henry wrote about how Argentina remembers the 1976 coup.

1987

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Contemporaries

In 1987, Candace Cameron Bure, who was born the same year as you, began starring as D.J. Tanner in the show Full House.

In March 2014, Alexander Abad-Santos wrote about Candace Cameron's religious beliefs and Dancing with the Stars.

1989

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The teenage years

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

Saved by the Bell premiered in 1989.

1989

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After the Fall

At 13 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.

1994
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, CIA double agent Aldrich Ames was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

In February 1998, Edward G. Shirley wrote about the broken culture of the CIA, first revealed to the world with the discovery of KGB mole Ames.

1996
Half a life ago

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

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

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 34, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 48, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: