Life Timeline

For those born November 30, 1983.

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1982
Before you were born

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

In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.

1983
Year 36

You were born in November of 1983. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the economic, demographic, and social effects of U.S. immigration.

1983
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus declared independence.

In February 2013, Louise Osborne wrote about the decades-long division between Cyprus's northern and southern halves—and the island's more recent economic troubles.

1996

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The teenage years

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

The Craft was released in 1996.

1999
Half a life ago

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

In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 17 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.

2001
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the Convention on Cybercrime was signed.

In January 2002, Reed Hundt wrote about the importance of internet communication after 9/11, making a case to secure it for the future.

2010

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Contemporaries

In 2010, Aziz Ansari, who was born the same year as you, released his debut comedy album and stand-up special on Comedy Central.

In June 2010, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about how awesome Aziz Ansari is.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 27, 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.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 66, China is predicted to be the world's largest economy.

In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.

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: