Life Timeline

For those born December 6, 1995.

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1994
Before you were born

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

In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.

1995
Year 22

You were born in December of 1995. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Gina Maranto wrote about women who put off trying to have children until their mid-thirties, and the reasons society should enable them to delay their careers instead of their childbearing.

1995
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Dayton Agreement was signed, ending war in the Balkans.

In April 2012, David Rohde wrote about political changes and their effect on the progress and then stall of the post-genocidal healing process in Bosnia.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 5 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.

2008

ABC

The teenage years

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

Modern Family premiered in 2008.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 15, 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

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Contemporaries

In 2012, Gabby Douglas, who was born the same year as you, became the first African American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold medal in the Olympic Games.

In August 2012, Elspeth Reeve wrote about Douglas's career.

2013
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, died.

In December 2013, Alan Taylor published a retrospective of Mandela's life.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 54, 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: