Life Timeline

For those born May 17, 2003.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about how the show changed the music industry over time.


Around the time you were born, U.S. President George W. Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

In the January/February 2004 issue, James Fallows wrote about the failures of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Year 19

You were born in May of 2003. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about how the United States should manage its global empire.


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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 1 years old, you began learning about the world just as we were reaching the outer solar system.

With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.


Jason Reed / Reuters

A More Perfect Union

When you turned 5, you witnessed the election of Barack Obama.

The legacy of the first African American couple in the White House would be a major focus of The Atlantic.

The halfway point

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after turn-by-turn cellphone navigation.

In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about the technology behind Google's detailed directions.


Frank Masi

The teenage years

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

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in 2016.


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In 2016, Neel Sethi, who was born the same year as you, starred in the live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

In April 2016, Christopher Orr reviewed The Jungle Book.


By the time you turn 21, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: