Life Timeline

For those born December 26, 1999.

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1998
Before you were born

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

In the July/August 2008 issue, Nicholas Carr wondered whether Google was making people stupid.

1999
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, the Exxon-Mobil merger was completed, resulting in the largest oil corporation in the world.

In March 2015, Moises Naim wrote about the surprising political and economic effects of cheap oil.

1999
Year 19

You were born in December of 1999. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 9 times as old as you.

The year you were born, Ian Frazier wrote about life, culture, and heroism on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

2005

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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 5 years old, you began learning about the world just as we were reaching the outer solar system.

With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.

2007
The halfway point

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

In November 2016, Bianca Bosker described how a former Google product philosopher was working to redefine the relationship between consumers and technologies like the iPhone.

2008

Jason Reed / Reuters

A More Perfect Union

When you turned 8, you witnessed the election of Barack Obama.

The legacy of the first African American couple in the White House would be a major focus of The Atlantic.

2012

John Bramley / Lionsgate

The teenage years

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was released in 2012.

2013

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Contemporaries

In 2013, Madison Beer, who was born the same year as you, released her debut single and music video "Melodies."

In June 2012, Charlie Wells wrote about what happens to most of the viral-video singers discovered by major labels.

2021
Forecasts

By the time you turn 21, scientists estimate it will no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising at least 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.

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: