Life Timeline

For those born September 10, 1985.

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1984
Before you were born

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

In June 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how Apple computers, once thought to be virus-immune, can now get PC viruses.

1985
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105 crashed just after takeoff.

In January 2016, Shirley Phillips wrote about when pilots know that it's safer to stay on the ground.

1985
Year 33

You were born in September of 1985. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, John Keegan wrote about the history and geopolitical significance of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

1998

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The teenage years

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

Can't Hardly Wait was released in 1998.

2000
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the International Space Station.

In our January/February 2015 issue, Charles Fishman wrote about the oddity of daily life on the station and the value of its continued operation.

2001

Jason Redmond / AP

The 9/11 Attacks

At 16 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.

2003
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck just off the shore of Hokkaidō, Japan.

In September 2015, David A. Graham wrote about major disasters.

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

The Arab Spring

When you turned 25, 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.

2011

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Contemporaries

In 2011, Bruno Mars, who was born the same year as you, won a Grammy Award for his song "Just the Way You Are."

In February 2014, Abby Ohlheiser wrote about conspiracy theories surrounding Bruno Mars's Super Bowl performance.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 39, 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: