Life Timeline

For those born December 14, 1986.

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1985
Before you were born

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

In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.

1986
Year 33

You were born in December of 1986. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, George Guilder argued that gender disparity in the workplace might have less to do with discrimination than with women making the choice to stay at home.

1986
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick.

In October 2013, Allen Barra wrote about why Americans should care about heavyweight boxing, despite the country's declining dominance in the sport.

1999

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The teenage years

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

Freaks and Geeks premiered in 1999.

2001
Half a life ago

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

In August 2015, Joe Pinsker wrote about the site's paid editors.

2001

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The 9/11 Attacks

At 14 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.

2004

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Contemporaries

In 2004, Lindsay Lohan, who was born the same year as you, starred in the movie Mean Girls.

In July 2013, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Lohan's attempts to re-legitimize herself.

2004
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake caused a tsunami in the Indian Ocean and killed 230,000 people.

In December 2014, Alan Taylor published a photo essay about the legacy of the tsunami, a decade later.

2010

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The Arab Spring

When you turned 24, 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.

2025
Forecasts

By the time you turn 38, experts at the Pew Research Center warn that there will be no "surveillance-free spaces."

In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.

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: