2014 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.85 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $2.00 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $2.07 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 49 cents
New Car Price~ $32,495(Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.89 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $8.12 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $280,900 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $53,657 (Census.gov)
Minimum wage~ Lowest $7.25 in multiple states. Highest $9.50 in Washington D.C.
2014 Top Celebrities:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
2014 Top Athletes:
2014 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8
Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The Kentucky Derby: California Chrome
The Masters: Bubba Watson
NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs won in five games (4-1) against Miami Heat
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Novak Djokovic Ladies’ singles: Petra Kvitova
World Cup: Germany
World Series: San Francisco Giants win 4-3 against Kansas City Royals
2014 Top Songs:
All About That Bass~ Meghan Trainor
Shake It Off~ Taylor Swift
Anaconda~ Nicki Minaj
Dirt~ Florida Georgia Line
Black Widow~ Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora
A Sky Full of Stars~ Coldplay
Burnin’ It Down~ Jason Aldean
Bang Bang~ Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
Break Free~ Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
Maps~ Maroon 5
Dark Horse~ Katy Perry feat Juicy J
Bartender~ Lady Antebellum
Boom Clap~ Charli XCX
Fancy~ Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Stay With Me~ Sam Smith
Turn Down for What~ DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Play it Again~ Luke Bryan
Happy~ Pharrell Williams
Say Something~ A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Drunk In Love~ Beyonce feat. Jay Z
Let It Go~ Idina Menzel
Counting Stars~ One Republic
Let Her Go~ Passenger
All of Me~ John Legend
Story of My Life~ One Direction
2014 Top Television Shows:
Big Bang Theory
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife
2014 Top Movies:
Guardians of the Galaxy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Big Hero 6
The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies
Let’s Be Cops
The Nut Job
The Monuments Men
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Xmen: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Transformers: Age of Extinction
22 Jump Street
How to Train Your Dragon 2
2014 Top Books:
Personal~ Lee Child
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good~ Jan Karon
Festive In Death~ J.D. Robb
The Children Act~ Ian McEwan
The Witch with No Name~ Kim Harrison
What If?~ Randall Munroe
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Happened In Benghazi~ Mitchell Zuckoff & Annex Security Team
Waking Up~ Sam Harris
World Order~ Henry Kissinger
Diary of a Mad Diva~ Joan Rivers
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak
The Invention of Wings~ Sue Monk Kidd
Sycamore Row~ John Grisham
The Monuments Men~ Robert M. Edsel with Brett Witter
Lone Survivor~ Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
Twelve Years a Slave~ Solomon Northup
2014 Top Fashion and Trends:
Short hair with long, high bangs on women (Pink & Miley Cyrus)
Beachy long hair on women
Short hair with long, high bangs on men too (Justin Bieber)
Skinny jeans with heels
Tall boots with jeans
Leggings with knee high boots and long shirt
Lose fitting tops
Long cable-knit sweaters
Mid-drift baring tops
Combat boots with leggings
Denim overalls are making a comeback
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse or dress shoes
2014 World Population:
7,262,789,000 and counting…
2014 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States.
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope Francis of Vatican City.
Francois Hollande, President of France.
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2014 Major Events:
January 1 – Latvia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the eighteenth Eurozone country.
February 7–23 – The 2014 Winter Olympics are held in Sochi, Russia.
February 13 – Belgium becomes the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia without any age limits.
February 22 – The Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, replacing him with Oleksandr Turchynov, after days of civil unrest left at least 100 people dead in Kiev.
March 8 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The aircraft is presumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
March 21 – Russia formally annexes Crimea after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill finalizing the annexation process.
March 24 – During an emergency meeting, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, and Canada temporarily suspend Russia from the G8.
April 14 – An estimated 276 girls and women are abducted and held hostage from a school in Nigeria.
June 12 – July 13 – The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil.
June 19 – King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, who ascends the Spanish throne as King Felipe VI.
July 8– August 26– Amid growing tensions between Israel and Hamas following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in July, Israel launches Operation Protective Edge on the Palestinian Gaza Strip starting with numerous missile strikes, followed by a ground invasion a week later. In 7 weeks of fighting, 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis are killed.
July 17 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (Boeing 777) crashes in Ukraine, after being shot down by a missile. 298 people die, including 15 crew members.
August 8 – The United States military begins an air campaign in northern Iraq to stem the influx of ISIS militants.
September 18–19 – The Scottish independence referendum is held. Scotland votes “No” to Independence with a 55% to 45% majority. Only four (of 32) councils vote for independence.
October 19 – The Roman Catholic Church beatifies Pope Paul VI.
November 2 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the final part of its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from global emissions of CO2.
December 17 – U.S. President Barack Obama announces the resumption of normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
December 28 – Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore crashes into the Java Sea just southwest of Borneo, killing all 162 people on board.
2014 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia & TMZ.com)
January 26 – Daft Punk receives Album of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
February 2 – Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman is found dead in his New York City home. Cause of death was drug related. Hoffman was best known for his roles in Capote, Scent of A Woman, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, and Punch-Drunk Love.
February 24 – The United States brings home 9 gold medals, 7 silver, and 12 bronze from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
March 25 – The World Health Organization releases a statement of Ebola outbreak in Guinea, a West African country. Ebola later spreads to other countries and causes panic.
April 24 – Video surfaces of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend to ‘not bring black people to his games…including Magic Johnson.’ He is later banned from the NBA for life by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
May 5 – Rapper JayZ is attacked by sister-in-law Solange Knowles, sister to singer Beyonce, in an elevator after the Met Ball and it’s caught on camera.
May 16 – Legendary broadcast journalist Barbara Walters retires from daytime talk show ‘The View’.
May 24 – Celeb Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West get married.
May 28 – Maya Angelou, an influential African-American poet, author, actress, and dancer, dies at the age of age of 86.
June 15 – Casey Kasem, a well-known disc jockey, radio personality, and voice for ‘Shaggy’ on the cartoon Scooby-Doo, dies at the age of 82 after a long bout of health issues.
July 5 – Jessica Simpson marries the father of her two children, Eric Johnson.
August 11 – Beloved American actor and comedian Robin Williams dies by suicide.
August 23- American celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get married in France.
August 31- Nude photos of celebrities were leaked after an apparent iCloud hack. Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Krysten Ritter, and Kate Upton were among those exposed.
September 4 – Iconic American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and TV personality Joan Rivers dies a few days after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery.
September 8 – Prince William and Duchess Kate announce second pregnancy. Kate suffers from severe morning sickness like she did with her first pregnancy.
September 8 – Video footage surfaces of Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in an elevator. Ravens terminate Rice’s contract after public scrutiny of the original 2- game suspension.
September 22- Reality TV star Kris Jenner files for divorce from Olympian Bruce Jenner.
September 27 – Long-time bachelor/actor George Clooney weds British-Lebanese lawyer/activist/author Amal Alamuddin.
October 7 – Actor Stephen Collins, who played the pastor/dad on television series 7th Heaven, confesses to his estranged wife that he is a child molester and a recording of it makes it onto TMZ’s celebrity gossip news show.
November 11 – Kim Kardashian attempts to ‘break the internet’ by posing nude on the cover of Paper magazine.
December 19 – Jay Leno is the guest as Craig Ferguson ends his 10-year run as host of The Late Late Show.
2014 Technology and Science:
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Motorola Moto X
HTC One and One Max
Samsung Galaxy S4
Nokia Lumia 1020
Google Nexus 5
LG G Flex
Tablets & Readers:
Apple Ipad Air
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Sony XBR65X900B 65-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV
Samsung UN55HU8550 55-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV
Panasonic TC-65AX800U 65-inch Class 4K Ultra HD
Online Social Communities:
Playstation 4, 3, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
3D Printing gains momentum.
Supergrids make DC power grids practical.
Electric and hybrid cars
January 29 – Cytologists led by Haruko Obokata announce that shocking blood cells with acid could trigger their transformation into stem cells, a process far easier than producing IP cells. The cells are termed STAP (Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency) cells.
February 5 – A Dutch man has been fitted with a prosthetic hand capable of delivering a sense of touch.
February 14 – New evidence, revealed in a study of 400 gay men, has strengthened the idea that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes.
March 10 – Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope capable of a magnification of up to 2000 times.
April 6 – Samsung has developed a new method of growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene, a major development that will accelerate the commercialization of this material.
April 15 – A total lunar eclipse occurs, visible across the Pacific Ocean and the Americas.
May 1 – Cancer researchers report that e-cigarettes “get so hot that they, too, can produce a handful of the carcinogens found in cigarettes and at similar levels”.
June 10 – Earth and the Moon are 60 million years older than previously believed, according to new evidence.
June 25 – NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellite spotted a spike of X-ray emission coming from more than 70 different galaxy clusters. While the origin of the X-rays remains unclear at the moment, they could be generated by the decay of a certain type of dark-matter particle, scientists said. (Space.com, Mike Wall)
July 3- A genetic mutation that causes autism is discovered.
August 21 – Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study.
September 3 – Direct brain-to-brain communication has been demonstrated in humans located 5,000 miles apart. (plosone.org)
October 9 – Harvard researchers have turned human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin, a potentially major advance for sufferers of diabetes.
November 12 – The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae probe successfully lands on Comet 67P, the first time in history that a spacecraft has landed on such an object.
December 17 – A Colorado man becomes the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two modular prosthetic limbs using his thoughts alone.
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