In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.
In July 2012, Megan Garber wrote about Ride's legacy, shortly after the later died.
The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the economic, demographic, and social effects of U.S. immigration.
The Craft was released in 1996.
In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.
In October 2010, Alexis Madrigal wrote about the first ever artificial heart, used to keep a patient alive in 1969 until a donor heart was available.
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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.
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In June 2010, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about how awesome Aziz Ansari is.
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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.
In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.
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