Life Timeline

For those born March 7, 1996.

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Before you were born

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

In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.

Year 24

You were born in March of 1996. 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 why Americans hate the media.


Around the time you were born, Taiwan held its first direct election, reelecting President Lee Teng-hui.

In December 2016, Isaac Stone Fish wrote about the history of American relations with Taiwan, in light of Donald Trump's controversial phone call with the Taiwanese president.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 5 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.

Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Kalev H. Leetaru considered whether Twitter was living up to its lofty aspirations.



The teenage years

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

Glee premiered in 2009.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 14, 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.


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In 2013, Austin Mahone, who was born the same year as you, released his song "What About Love," which earned him an Artists to Watch award at that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

In June 2014, Price Peterson wrote about Mahone's frustration with being compared to Justin Bieber.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board.

In August 2015, 16 months later, Matt Schiavenza wrote about the discovery of debris thought to be from the plane, another beat in an enduring mystery.


By the time you turn 33, 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: