More than 3 million students are expected to graduate high school next month. It's fascinating (to a librarian, anyway) to look at the world from their perspective.
When they were born, the Soviet Union had crumbled, South African apartheid was ending with the general election of 1994, and the administration of President Bill Clinton launched the first official White House website, www.whitehouse.gov.
In the year they were born, former President Richard Nixon died and musician and lead singer for Nirvana, Kurt Cobain committed suicide; actress Dakota Fanning and singer Justin Bieber were born.
They have never lived in a world with reality TV.
On September 11, 2001, they were in second grade.
They've grown up with cellphones and cellphones with cameras, giving them instant access to friends and family.
They look at digital and social media (texts, tweets, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) as an essential part of everyday life. They are members of the least religious generation in history. They are also the most ethnically diverse generation in history (all according to the "Profile on Millennials" compiled by the Pew Research Center).
Arizona Diamondbacks, created in 1998.
Fifteen sports teams were created during their lifetime: 3 in the NBA, 2 in Major League Baseball, 6 in the National Hockey League, and 4 in the NFL. The only President Bush they've known is George W.
When they were born, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and librarian heartthrob Ryan Gosling were all well-behaved Mouseketeers. (No head-shaving melt-downs or wardrobe malfunctions on the radar back in 1994!)
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