Life Timeline

For those born October 18, 2004.

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2003
Before you were born

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

In January 2013, Rebecca Greenfield wrote that the future of the iTunes Store lies not in music, but in apps.

2004
Year 16

You were born in October of 2004. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 10 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the opportunities President George W. Bush lost when he decided to invade Iraq.

2004
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the British Ministry of Defense approved the deployment of the Black Watch regiment.

In June 2004, Geoffrey Wheatcroft wrote about how the Iraq War ended Tony Blair's political career.

2005

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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 0 years old, you began learning about the world just as we were reaching the outer solar system.

With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.

2008

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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 4, you witnessed the election of Barack Obama.

The legacy of the first African American couple in the White House would be a major focus of The Atlantic.

2010
The halfway point

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

In February 2016, Katharine Schwab wrote about a new Instagram-friendly trend in art exhibitions.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 20, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: