Life Timeline

For those born July 25, 1972.

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1971
Before you were born

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

In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.

1972
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the king of Jordan, Talal bin Abdullah, died in Istanbul.

In April 2013, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a long-form interview with the current king of Jordan.

1972
Year 49

You were born in July of 1972. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Sanford J. Ungar wrote about the Pentagon Papers trial, calling it "a decisive test of the federal government's capacity to control the disclosure of information stamped 'secret'".

1985

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The teenage years

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

The Breakfast Club was released in 1985.

1989

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After the Fall

At 17 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
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the economies of East and West Germany merged together in steps to reunify the German republic.

In October 2016, Oluwakemi Aladesuyi wrote about the economic journey of Spreewald pickles through German division and reunification and beyond.

1994
Half a life ago

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

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

1996

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Contemporaries

In 1996, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was born the same year as you, started his career in professional wrestling. He went on to becom a highly in-demand American movie star and entertainer.

In July 2014, David Sims wrote about Johnson's film career in his life out of the ring.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 38, 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 52, 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: