Life Timeline

For those born April 20, 1977.

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1976
Before you were born

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

In September 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the professional genius and personal failings of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and a new documentary that considered his mixed legacy.

1977
Year 42

You were born in April of 1977. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Elizabeth and James Vorenberg wrote about the prevailing approach to prostitution in American cities, and how it differed from more permissive policies in Europe and rural Nevada.

1977
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Communist Party in Spain was legalized after 40 years of single-party politics.

In June 2014, Uri Friedman wrote about the perception of the Spanish monarchy among youths.

1989

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After the Fall

At 12 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.

1990

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The teenage years

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

Pump Up the Volume was released in 1990.

1995
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a car bomb exploded outside a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

In June 2012, Andrew Cohen wrote about closure for victims after the execution of bomber Timothy McVeigh.

1996
Half a life ago

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

In July 2016, David Sims described the path from Pokémon Red and Blue to Pokémon Go.

2004

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Contemporaries

In 2004, Kanye West, who was born the same year as you, released The College Dropout.

In May 2012, David Samuels wrote about whether or not Kanye West could find redemption in the Watch the Throne tour after years of harsh critiques.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 33, 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 52, 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: