Life Timeline

For those born June 30, 1974.

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1973
Before you were born

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

In April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.

1974
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, a Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time.

In June 2009, Edward Tenner wrote about the invention and anniversary of the bar code.

1974
Year 45

You were born in June of 1974. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Fred Harris wrote about Harlan County, Kentucky, home of some of America's richest natural resources—and some of its poorest people.

1987

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The teenage years

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

Some Kind of Wonderful was released in 1987.

1989

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After the Fall

At 15 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.

1992
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, New York City's public transit system, MTA, voted to ban cigarette ads.

In September 1965, Elizabeth Drew wrote about the cigarette lobby's successful efforts to stop states from regulating cigarette advertising.

1995
Half a life ago

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

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

2006

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Contemporaries

In 2006, Amy Adams, who was born the same year as you, was nominated for her first Academy Award for the movie Junebug.

In June 2013, Esther Zuckerman wrote about the need for a female-led superhero film.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 36, 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.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 46, 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: