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The Atlantic: Life Timeline

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Founded in 1857, the venerable magazine The Atlantic has borne witness to the numerous changes and events that have occurred throughout modern history. For readers curious about how that history has intersected with their own lives (or a family member's life), the magazine's Life Timeline feature draws upon its archive to provide personal timelines of milestone historical events. After entering a birthdate, readers are presented with ten to thirteen events from throughout their lifespan beginning shortly before they were born, with each event situated in the context of the reader's life. For example, a college student born in 2000 is "one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the euro," while someone born in 1980 is informed that "[their] life can be divided into two halves: before and after Google." Life Timeline incorporates events of world-changing significance, such as the moon landing in 1969, as well as popular culture references; e.g., how teenagers were depicted during the year you turned 13. First launched in 2017, these Life Timelines can also be shared on social media and those interested may enter their email to be notified of future updates to their timeline.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-04-12
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0412

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