In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.
In August 11, Abraham Tekippe wrote about the possibility of hijacking a plane in the post-9/11 world.
The year you were born, Sanford J. Ungar wrote about the Pentagon Papers trial, calling it "a decisive test of the federal government's capacity to control the disclosure of information stamped 'secret'".
The Breakfast Club was released in 1985.
Patrick Hertzog / AFP / Getty Images
“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.
In November 2014, Alan Taylor posted a photo essay of the Berlin Wall, from its beginning to its end.
In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.
Fred Prouser / Reuters
In April 2014, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Diaz's film roles.
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these: