Life Timeline

For those born October 23, 1994.

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1993
Before you were born

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

In September 2010, Niraj Chokshi noted how little the browser interface had changed since 1993.

1994
Year 24

You were born in October of 1994. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Eric Schlosser wrote about mandatory-minimum sentences and the vigorous enforcement of marijuana laws.

1994
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, American forces occupied Haiti to support the return of democracy.

In June 2001, David Grann wrote about the fate of a paramilitary leader who terrorized Haitians—and maintained close ties with the U.S. intelligence community—in the years leading up to the occupation.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 6 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.

2005
Half a life ago

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

In June 2013, Michael Anthony Adams wrote about how the video-sharing service has helped fill a void in his life—and the lives of many other young viewers.

2007

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The teenage years

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

Juno was released in 2007.

2010

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Contemporaries

In 2010, Justin Bieber, who was born the same year as you, released his first studio album, My World 2.0, which was certified triple-platinum.

In November 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about the changing face of pop music.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 16, 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.

2012
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Barack Obama was reelected president of the United States.

In April 2011, Marc Ambinder examined Obama's policies in his first four years.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 30, 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: