Life Timeline

For those born June 26, 1996.

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1995
Before you were born

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

In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.

1996
Year 24

You were born in June of 1996. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about why Americans hate the media.

1996
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the United Nations made an oil-for-food aid agreement with Iraq.

In September 2016, Uri Friedman considered the relevance of the United Nations in the contemporary world.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 5 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.

2006
Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Kalev H. Leetaru considered whether Twitter was living up to its lofty aspirations.

2009

Fox

The teenage years

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

Glee premiered in 2009.

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

The Arab Spring

When you turned 14, 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.

2013

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Contemporaries

In 2013, Austin Mahone, who was born the same year as you, released his song "What About Love," which earned him an Artists to Watch award at that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

In June 2014, Price Peterson wrote about Mahone's frustration with being compared to Justin Bieber.

2014
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's 15th prime minister.

In April 2009, Robert Kaplan profiled Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 24, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

Today
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: