Life Timeline

For those born December 31, 2004.

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2003
Before you were born

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

In January 2013, Rebecca Greenfield wrote that the future of the iTunes Store lies not in music, but in apps.

2004
Year 15

You were born in December of 2004. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 11 times as old as you.

The year you were born, William Langewiesche wrote about the fortified "Green Zone" in Baghdad, which was a microcosm of America—and of what went wrong in Iraq.

2004
Beginnings

Around the time you were born, 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.

2005

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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 0 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.

2008

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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 3, 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.

2010
The halfway point

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

In February 2016, Katharine Schwab wrote about a new Instagram-friendly trend in art exhibitions.

2035
Forecasts

By the time you turn 30, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.

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: