Life Timeline

For those born August 15, 1997.

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Before you were born

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

In July 2016, David Sims described the path from Pokémon Red and Blue to Pokémon Go.


Around the time you were born, China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule.

In April 2013, Matt Schiavenza wrote about how Thatcher attempted to maintain British rule of Hong Kong.

Year 25

You were born in August of 1997. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the troubling long-term prospects for democracy in a post-Cold War world.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 4 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.

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.



The teenage years

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

Pretty Little Liars premiered in 2010.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 13, 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire at the Port El Kantaoui resort in Tunisia, killing 38 people.

Alice Su wrote about the attack just days after it occurred.


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In 2016, Simone Biles, who was born the same year as you, led the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team to win gold at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. With 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast in history.

In the July/August 2016 issue of the magazine, Meghan O'Rourke wrote about the history of athleticism and American gymnastics.


By the time you turn 34, the collective GDP of the four leading developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is likely to match that of today's leading Western nations.

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

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: