Life Timeline

For those born November 18, 1980.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without hip-hop records.

In March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.

Year 42

You were born in November of 1980. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 4 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Mary Jo Salter wrote about how the potential for women to be drafted into the military made society think more deeply about both war and feminism.


Around the time you were born, John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment by Mark David Chapman.

In October 2010, Hampton Stevens wrote a retrospective on the life of John Lennon.


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After the Fall

At 9 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.


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The teenage years

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

Dazed and Confused was released in 1993.

Half a life ago

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

In the July/August 2008 issue, Nicholas Carr wondered whether Google was making people stupid.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the national news reported that members of the bidding committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games had accepted bribes from Salt Lake City.

In July 2012, Matt Vasilogambros and Naureen Khan wrote about a gaffe between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and British Prime Minister David Cameron leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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In 2007, Kim Kardashian, who was born the same year as you, began starring in the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about Kardashian's career changes from socialite to head of a major business conglomerate.


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After the Spring

When you turned 30, 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.


By the time you turn 54, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow 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: