Life Timeline

For those born April 13, 1974.

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1973
Before you were born

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

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.

1974
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the television show Happy Days began its decade-long run.

In July 2015, David Sims wrote about series creator Garry Marshall and the nostalgia his work produced.

1974
Year 45

You were born in April of 1974. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Fred Harris wrote about Harlan County, Kentucky, home of some of America's richest natural resources—and some of its poorest people.

1987

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The teenage years

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

Some Kind of Wonderful was released in 1987.

1989

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After the Fall

At 15 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.

1992
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In April 2012, Alan Taylor published a photo essay to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian War.

1995

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 1995, Derek Jeter, who was born the same year as you, made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Yankees.

In February 2014, Derek Thompson wrote about the career of Derek Jeter.

1995
Half a life ago

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

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

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

After the Spring

When you turned 36, 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 50, 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: