On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday.
22 million people perish in that war.
Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th
birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.
On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%,
the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses
along with the world economy.
When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet.
And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States
is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people
perish in the war.
Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40’s, as it killed 300 million people
during your lifetime.
At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish.
From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.
At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people
perish in that conflict.
During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation.
On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended.
When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.