Life Timeline

For those born December 27, 1985.

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1984
Before you were born

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

In June 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how Apple computers, once thought to be virus-immune, can now get PC viruses.

1985
Year 34

You were born in December of 1985. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 5 times as old as you.

The year you were born, John Keegan wrote about the history and geopolitical significance of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

1985
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, terrorists killed at least 16 and wounded more than 100 in Rome and Vienna airports, attacks which U.S. President Ronald Reagan blamed on Muammar Gaddafi.

In April 2013, Philip Bump wrote about the effectiveness of the American war on terror.

1998

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The teenage years

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

Can't Hardly Wait was released in 1998.

2000
Half a life ago

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after the International Space Station.

In our January/February 2015 issue, Charles Fishman wrote about the oddity of daily life on the station and the value of its continued operation.

2001

Jason Redmond / AP

The 9/11 Attacks

At 15 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.

2003
Coming of age

Around your 18th birthday, the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces.

In December 2003, Jonathan Rauch wrote about the fallout from Hussein's capture.

2010

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

The Arab Spring

When you turned 25, 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.

2011

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Contemporaries

In 2011, Bruno Mars, who was born the same year as you, won a Grammy Award for his song "Just the Way You Are."

In February 2014, Abby Ohlheiser wrote about conspiracy theories surrounding Bruno Mars's Super Bowl performance.

2050
Forecasts

By the time you turn 64, economist Jim O'Neill predicts that drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds.

But it's possible to prevent that. In May 2016, Ed Yong wrote about the recommended steps to avert a post-antibiotic apocalypse.

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: