Life Timeline

For those born December 18, 1989.

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Before you were born

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

In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.

Year 32

You were born in December of 1989. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Glenn Tinder wrote about the political meaning of Christianity.


Around the time you were born, Canada had its worst mass murder, in which 14 people were killed.

In May 2014, Conor Friedersdorf made a compelling case about the media's role in the fame of mass murderers.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 11 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.



The teenage years

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

Crossroads was released in 2002.

Half a life ago

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

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about how the show changed the music industry over time.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

In October 2007, Joy de Menil interviewed Joshua Hammer about the political future of Pakistan.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 21, 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.


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In 2016, Taylor Swift, who was born the same year as you, won a grammy for Album of the Year for her album 1989, making music history as the first woman to win the award twice.

In July 2016, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about the feud between Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian.


By the time you turn 35, 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.

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: