Life Timeline

For those born December 6, 1996.

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1995
Before you were born

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

In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.

1996
Year 21

You were born in December of 1996. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about why Americans hate the media.

1996
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Kofi Annan was elected UN secretary-general.

In April 2000, Charles Trueheart wrote about the power of the International Criminal Tribunal.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 4 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.

2006
Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Kalev H. Leetaru considered whether Twitter was living up to its lofty aspirations.

2009

Fox

The teenage years

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

Glee premiered in 2009.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 14, 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.

2013

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Contemporaries

In 2013, Austin Mahone, who was born the same year as you, released his song "What About Love," which earned him an Artists to Watch award at that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

In June 2014, Price Peterson wrote about Mahone's frustration with being compared to Justin Bieber.

2014
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, President Barack Obama ordered the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.

In December 2014, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about the end of the American embargo against Cuba.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 28, the World Bank predicts that the U.S. dollar will lose its global dominance.

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: