Life Timeline

For those born July 4, 1965.

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1964
Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without G.I. Joe action figures.

In December 2015, Nolen Gertz wrote about adults' identities and the action figures they grew up with.

1965
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the United States sent 50,000 more troops to fight in Vietnam.

In October 1969, Townsend Hoopes described the power players deciding on Vietnam War troop numbers.

1965
Year 53

You were born in July of 1965. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert Manning wrote about his 1954 visit with the Nobel Prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, Cuba.

1978

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The teenage years

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

Grease was released in 1978.

1983
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a deadly ambush by the Liberation Tigers started the Sri Lankan Civil War.

In April 2011, Armin Rosen wrote an overview of war crimes from the Sri Lankan civil war.

1989

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After the Fall

At 24 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.

1990
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the World Wide Web.

In October 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the disappearance of published content—including a Pulitzer finalist's 34-part investigative series—from the internet.

1997

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Contemporaries

In 1997, J.K. Rowling, who was born the same year as you, released her first book in the Harry Potter series, launching her career as an author.

In July 2007, Melissa Giaimo wrote about Harry Potter becoming a classic of children's literature.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 45, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 59, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: