Life Timeline

For those born June 17, 1995.

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Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.

Year 27

You were born in June of 1995. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 6 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gina Maranto wrote about women who put off trying to have children until their mid-thirties, and the reasons society should enable them to delay their careers instead of their childbearing.


Around the time you were born, French President Jacques Chirac announced the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.

In December 2006, William Langewiesche wrote about nuclear-bomb testing.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 6 years old, you were part of the generation most shaped by 9/11.

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.

Half a life ago

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

In June 2013, Michael Anthony Adams wrote about how the video-sharing service has helped fill a void in his life—and the lives of many other young viewers.



The teenage years

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

Modern Family premiered in 2008.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 15, you witnessed the revolutionary fervor that transformed the Arab world in 2010, a movement led by your generation.

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.


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In 2012, Gabby Douglas, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold medal in the Olympic Games.

In August 2012, Elspeth Reeve wrote about Douglas's career.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, The Guardian published its first exclusive detailing Edward Snowden's classified information leak about the U.S. mass-surveillance program.

In June 2013, Conor Friedersdorf wrote a defense of Snowden's NSA leak.


By the time you turn 39, 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: