In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.
The year you were born, Midge Decter wrote about what went wrong for a generation that was supposed to be the brightest and most gifted in American history.
In November 2009, James Fallows wrote about presidents' influence in Chinese diplomatic relationships.
Heathers was released in 1988.
Patrick Hertzog / AFP / Getty Images
“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.
In June 2015, Kathy Gilsinan wrote an article explaining the European Union.
In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.
Luke MacGregor / Reuters
In September 2016, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about "Brangelina" and public fascination with the celebrity couple.
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.
The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these:
Sign up to be notified of any future updates to your timeline.
View the timeline for someone else's birthday.