Life Timeline

For those born August 17, 1989.

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1988
Before you were born

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

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

1989
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, NASA's Voyager 2 passed the planet Neptune and its moon Triton.

In July 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the discovery of a new moon for Neptune.

1989
Year 31

You were born in August of 1989. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Glenn Tinder wrote about the political meaning of Christianity.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 12 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.

2001

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Contemporaries

In 2001, Daniel Radcliffe, who was born the same year as you, starred in the first film in the Harry Potter series.

In the July/August 2009 issue of the magazine, James Parker wrote about the challenges of turning Harry Potter into a film.

2002

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The teenage years

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

Crossroads was released in 2002.

2002
Half a life ago

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

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about how the show changed the music industry over time.

2007
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Japan's SELENE spacecraft was launched, making it the largest lunar project since the U.S. Apollo missions.

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the theory that the moon was created by a major impact with the earth.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 21, 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.

2032
Forecasts

By the time you turn 42, 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.

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: