Life Timeline

For those born June 26, 1966.

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Before you were born

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

In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the magic that makes the movie resonate decades after its release.


Around the time you were born, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning.

In April 2013, Adam Goodman wrote about the public safety exception to the Miranda ruling in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Year 55

You were born in June of 1966. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mervyn Cadwallader wrote about the mores and mishaps that increasingly afflicted love and marriage among young Americans.


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The teenage years

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

Rock 'n' Roll High School was released in 1979.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the DNA of an extinct animal was cloned for the first time.

In March 2013, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about species brought back from extinction.


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After the Fall

At 23 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 websites.

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.


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In 1995, Cindy Crawford, who was born the same year as you, was named the highest paid model on the planet by Forbes magazine.

In August 2014, Olga Khazan wrote about a study debunking popular theories about facial symmetry.


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After the Spring

When you turned 44, 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 63, 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: