Life Timeline

For those born September 20, 1977.

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1976
Before you were born

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

In September 2015, Megan Garber wrote about the professional genius and personal failings of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and a new documentary that considered his mixed legacy.

1977
Year 42

You were born in September of 1977. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Elizabeth and James Vorenberg wrote about the prevailing approach to prostitution in American cities, and how it differed from more permissive policies in Europe and rural Nevada.

1977
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Voyager 1 space probe was launched after a brief delay.

In September, 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the gold record aboard the probe.

1989

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After the Fall

At 12 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

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The teenage years

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

Pump Up the Volume was released in 1990.

1995
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Bosnian Serb forces took control of a United Nations safe area.

In July 2015, David Rohde wrote about the Srebrenica massacre and how the UN had continued to fail to protect humans from slaughter.

1996
Half a life ago

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

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

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 33, 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.

2012

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Contemporaries

In 2012, Kerry Washington, who was born the same year as you, began starring as Washington, D.C., "fixer" Olivia Pope in the television series Scandal.

In November 2015, Lenika Cruz wrote about Scandal's graceful and unremarkable treatment of abortion.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 43, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: