Life Timeline

For those born April 15, 1980.

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1979
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.

1980
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the United States performed a nuclear test in Nevada.

In May 2011, Michael Freedman wrote about the cultural importance of nuclear testing.

1980
Year 38

You were born in April of 1980. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mary Jo Salter wrote about how the potential for women to be drafted into the military made society think more deeply about both war and feminism.

1989

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After the Fall

At 9 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.

1993

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The teenage years

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

Dazed and Confused was released in 1993.

1998
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge opened to traffic in Japan, becoming the world's largest suspension bridge.

In June 2006, Charles C. Mann wrote about traveling in Japan.

1998
Half a life ago

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

In the July/August 2008 issue, Nicholas Carr wondered whether Google was making people stupid.

2007

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Contemporaries

In 2007, Kim Kardashian, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about Kardashian's career changes from socialite to head of a major business conglomerate.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 30, 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.

2030
Forecasts

By the time you turn 49, 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.

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: