Life Timeline

For those born April 30, 1990.

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1989
Before you were born

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

In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.

1990
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, NASA sent the Hubble Space Telescope to space on the shuttle Discovery.

In April 2010, Lane Wallace wrote about NASA's management of the U.S. space program, drawing from the perspective of a former astronaut.

1990
Year 29

You were born in April of 1990. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Bernard Lewis wrote about the origins of the resentment felt by some Muslims toward the West.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 11 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.

2003

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The teenage years

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

Agent Cody Banks was released in 2003.

2003
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the iTunes Store.

In January 2013, Rebecca Greenfield wrote that the future of the iTunes Store lies not in music, but in apps.

2008
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Chinese troops surrounded two Tibetan monasteries in response to protests there.

In February 2012, Alex Ortolani wrote about Tibetan activists protesting through self-immolation.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 20, 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.

2014

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Contemporaries

In 2014, Michael Sam, who was born the same year as you, became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL.

In February 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that the NFL will need to adjust to openly gay players now.

2035
Forecasts

By the time you turn 44, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow 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: