Life Timeline

For those born September 23, 1966.

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1965
Before you were born

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

In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the magic that makes the movie resonate decades after its release.

1966
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, South African Prime Minister and "Architect of Apartheid" Hendrik Verwoerd was assassinated.

In December 2013, Alan Taylor published a photo retrospective of the life of anti-Apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

1966
Year 53

You were born in September of 1966. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 3 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mervyn Cadwallader wrote about the mores and mishaps that increasingly afflicted love and marriage among young Americans.

1979

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The teenage years

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

Rock 'n' Roll High School was released in 1979.

1984
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Space Shuttle Discovery landed after its maiden voyage.

In July 2011, Alan Taylor put together a visual history of the space program.

1989

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After the Fall

At 23 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.

1991
Half a life ago

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

In February 2015, Julie Beck wrote about what is lost when websites change or disappear.

1995

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Contemporaries

In 1995, Cindy Crawford, who was born the same year as you, was named the highest paid model on the planet by Forbes magazine.

In August 2014, Olga Khazan wrote about a study debunking popular theories about facial symmetry.

2010

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After the Spring

When you turned 44, 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.

2032
Forecasts

By the time you turn 65, 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: