Life Timeline

For those born August 3, 1983.

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1982
Before you were born

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

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.

1983
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Thomas Sankara became president of Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso.

In October 2014, Alan Taylor published a photo essay on civil unrest and protest against the government in Burkina Faso.

1983
Year 39

You were born in August of 1983. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the economic, demographic, and social effects of U.S. immigration.

1996

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The teenage years

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

The Craft was released in 1996.

1999
Half a life ago

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

In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.

2001
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, George W. Bush approved federal spending on embryonic stem cell research.

In August 2001, William Schneider wrote about the moderate compromise President Bush made in agreeing to fund the research.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 18 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.

2010

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Contemporaries

In 2010, Aziz Ansari, who was born the same year as you, released his debut comedy album and stand-up special on Comedy Central.

In June 2010, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about how awesome Aziz Ansari is.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 27, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 41, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: