Life Timeline

For those born April 8, 1966.

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1965
Before you were born

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

In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the magic that makes the movie resonate decades after its release.

1966
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Bill Russell became the first African American coach in the NBA.

In June 2016, Eillie Anzilotti wrote about how the NBA is thriving because of its progressive politics and marketing strategy.

1966
Year 54

You were born in April of 1966. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mervyn Cadwallader wrote about the mores and mishaps that increasingly afflicted love and marriage among young Americans.

1979

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The teenage years

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

Rock 'n' Roll High School was released in 1979.

1984
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, NASA launched its 11th Space Shuttle mission, and the 5th undertaken by Challenger.

In January 2011, Nicholas Jackson put together a brief history of the Space Shuttle Challenger 25 years after its disastrous explosion in 1986.

1989

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After the Fall

At 23 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.

1991
Half a life ago

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

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.

1995

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Contemporaries

In 1995, Cindy Crawford, who was born the same year as you, was named the highest paid model on the planet by Forbes magazine.

In August 2014, Olga Khazan wrote about a study debunking popular theories about facial symmetry.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 44, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 54, 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: