Life Timeline

For those born May 1, 1995.

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1994
Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.

1995
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, former Prime Minister Jacques Chirac was elected president of France.

In February 1978, Patricia Painton wrote about the changing face of French politics, at a time when Chirac's party appeared to be in decline.

1995
Year 23

You were born in May of 1995. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gina Maranto wrote about women who put off trying to have children until their mid-thirties, and the reasons society should enable them to delay their careers instead of their childbearing.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 6 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.

2005
Half a life ago

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

In June 2013, Michael Anthony Adams wrote about how the video-sharing service has helped fill a void in his life—and the lives of many other young viewers.

2008

ABC

The teenage years

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

Modern Family premiered in 2008.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 15, 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.

2013
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, federal authorities arrested three people in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

On May 1, 2013, Alexander Abad-Santos and Dashiell Bennett wrote that the arrests.

2016

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Contemporaries

In 2016, Zach LaVine, who was born the same year as you, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest for the second consecutive year.

In October 2016, Robert O'Connell offered fans advice about how to enjoy the ongoing NBA season, despite its predictable conclusion.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 54, economist Jim O'Neill predicts that drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds.

But it's possible to prevent that. In May 2016, Ed Yong wrote about the recommended steps to avert a post-antibiotic apocalypse.

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: