Life Timeline

For those born in June 1969.

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Before you were born

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

In May 2014, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about the resilience of the computer mouse.

Year 49

You were born in June of 1969. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Alan McPherson wrote about how a group of black Chicago street gangs evolved into the controversial "Ranger Nation," funded by the Poverty Program, investigated by the Senate, and hunted by the police.


Around the time you were born, the Stonewall Riots in New York City marked the beginning of the country's gay-rights movement.

In January 2013, Garance Franke-Ruta wrote about an account of the Stonewall Riots.


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The teenage years

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

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released in 1982.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Margaret Thatcher won her third election as the U.K.'s prime minister.

In June 1999, Geoffrey Wheatcroft wrote about the emergence of the English middle class under the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.


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After the Fall

At 20 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.

Half a life ago

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

In August 2011, Jamie Holmes wrote about how SMS is the driving force behind technology-enabled changes in commerce, crime, political participation, and governing in the developing world.


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In 1999, Jennifer Lopez, who was born the same year as you, released her first album, On the 6.

In August 2016, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how Lopez helped shape internet searching.


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After the Spring

When you turned 41, 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.


By the time you turn 60, 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.

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: