Life Timeline

For those born April 1, 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 26

You were born in April of 1996. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 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, Theodore Kaczynski, known as "the Unabomber," was arrested in the United States.

In June 2000, Alston Chase wrote about how Kaczynski’s experiences at Harvard drove his later crimes.


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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, Lorde, who was born the same year as you, released her debut single "Royals."

In October 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about Lorde joining the ranks of pop singers disrupting tropes about victimhood.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Catholic church canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, declaring their sainthood.

On July 5 2013, Dashiell Bennett wrote about the approaching canonization.


By the time you turn 53, China is predicted to be the world's largest economy.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: