Life Timeline

For those born December 22, 1997.

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Before you were born

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

In July 2016, David Sims described the path from Pokémon Red and Blue to Pokémon Go.

Year 24

You were born in December of 1997. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 7 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Robert D. Kaplan wrote about the troubling long-term prospects for democracy in a post-Cold War world.


Around the time you were born, the United Nations adopted the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In April 2008, Clive Crook took a critical lens to the Kyoto Protocol and what it means for the future of environmental protocols.


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The 9/11 Attacks

At 3 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.

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.



The teenage years

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

Pretty Little Liars premiered in 2010.


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The Arab Spring

When you turned 13, 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.

Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket, the first reusable rocket in history.

Just days after the launch, Robinson Meyer wrote about how its online broadcast made it into a cultural event.


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In 2016, Simone Biles, who was born the same year as you, led the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team to win gold at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. With 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast in history.

In the July/August 2016 issue of the magazine, Meghan O'Rourke wrote about the history of athleticism and American gymnastics.


By the time you turn 32, humanity's water requirements will exceed its supplies by 40 percent.

In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.

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: