Life Timeline

For those born May 4, 1992.

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Before you were born

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

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.

Year 30

You were born in May of 1992. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Claude M. Steele wrote about how undervaluing black college students prevents them from completing their degrees.


Around the time you were born, the Twenty-seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, preventing members of Congress from raising their salaries before an intervening election.

In July 2011, Chris Good wrote about a proposed amendment that would balance the budget.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 9 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.

Half a life ago

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

In May 2012, Stephen Marche wrote about how Facebook and other social-media platforms were making people lonely, even as they connected them to others more than ever before.


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The teenage years

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

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was released in 2005.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

In April 2011, Douglas Gorney interviewed Carl Safina about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one year later.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 18, 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.


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In 2013, Selena Gomez, who was born the same year as you, starred alongside James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.

In March 2013, Richard Lawson wrote about the presence of Disney stars in a comedic crime thriller.


By the time you turn 57, 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.

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: