Life Timeline

For those born June 17, 1970.

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Before you were born

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

In June 2015, Alia Wong wrote about the educational benefits of the beloved show.

Year 52

You were born in June of 1970. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Diane Schulder wrote about how the law deals more harshly with women than with men.


Around the time you were born, Tonga gained independence from the United Kingdom.

In March 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the natural formation of a new island near Tonga, created by a volcanic eruption.


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The teenage years

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

Risky Business was released in 1983.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the NASA scientist James Hansen testified to the Senate that global warming had begun.

In July 2000, Sarewitz and Pielke wrote an examination of global-warming science and politics.


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After the Fall

At 19 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.


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In 1991, Mariah Carey, who was born the same year as you, won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She went on to be one of the best-selling artists of the 1990s.

In September 2015, Adam Chandler wrote about Mariah Carey, activism, and SodaStream in Israel.

Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after graphical web browsers.

In September 2010, Niraj Chokshi noted how little the browser interface had changed since 1993.


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After the Spring

When you turned 40, 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 64, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow 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: