Life Timeline

For those born October 21, 2003.

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Before you were born

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

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

Year 17

You were born in October of 2003. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 10 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about how the United States should manage its global empire.


Around the time you were born, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck just off the shore of Hokkaidō, Japan.

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


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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 1 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.


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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 5, 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.

The halfway point

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after turn-by-turn cellphone navigation.

In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal wrote about the technology behind Google's detailed directions.


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In 2013, Quvenzhané Wallis, who was born the same year as you, became the youngest person nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award when she secured a nod for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

In December 2012, Scott MacDonald wrote about nominating children for awards and reinstating the Academy Juvenile Award.


Frank Masi

The teenage years

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

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in 2016.


By the time you turn 26, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: