2013 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.43 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs~ $2.68 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $1.41 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 46 cents
New Car Price~ $30,303 (TrueCar.com)
Gallon of Gas~ $3.61 (U.S. Energy Information Administration eia.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $7.94 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $271,600 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $52,250 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest is $7.25 in several states per Federal Law. Highest is $9.19 in Washington state. (Trupay.com)
2013 Top Technology:
HTC One and One Max
Sony Xperia Z
Desktop: Apple iMac
Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
Tablets & Readers:
Apple Ipad Air
Google Nexus 7
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Online Social Communities:
Playstation 4, 3, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
3D Printing gains momentum
2013 Top Celebrities:
Duchess Catherine and Prince William
Dwayne The Rock Johnson
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Beyonce’ and JayZ
2013 Top Athletes:
2013 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: The Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31
Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson
The Kentucky Derby: Orb
The Masters: Adam Scott
NBA Championship: The Miami Heat defeated San Antonio Spurs 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Andy Murray Ladies’ Singles: Marion Bartoli
World Cup: N/A
World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-2
2013 Top Songs:
The Monster~ Eminem feat. Rihanna
Timber~ Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Counting Stars~ One Republic
Say Something~ A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Demons~ Imagine Dragons
Let Her Go~ Passenger
Roar~ Katy Perry
Wake Me Up!~ Avicii
Wrecking Ball~ Miley Cyrus
Hold On We’re Going Home~ Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Holy Grail~ Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Applause~ Lady Gaga
Blurred Lines~ Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
Crash My Party~ Luke Bryan
Redneck Crazy~ Tyler Farr
Can’t Hold Us~ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
Get Lucky~ Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Mirrors~ Justin Timberlake
Boys ‘Round Here~ Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies
Cruise~ Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly
Radioactive~ Imagine Dragons
Just Give Me A Reason~ Pink feat. Nate Ruess
Wagon Wheel~ Darius Rucker
Come & Get It~ Selena Gomez
The Way~ Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller
I Love It~ Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
Thrift Shop~ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
Story of My Life~ One Direction
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)~ Fall Out Boy
2013 Top Television Shows:
The Walking Dead
Big Bang Theory
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
Dancing with The Stars
Game of Thrones
2013 Top Movies:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Despicable Me 2
Man of Steel
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
Oz the Great and Powerful
Fast and Furious 6
Star Trek Into Darkness
We’re the Millers
The Great Gatsby (2013)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover Part III
Olympus Has Fallen
2013 Top Books:
Inferno~ Dan Brown
Lean In~ Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
And the Mountains Echoed~ Khaled Hosseini
Happy, Happy, Happy~ Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach
The Hit~ David Baldacci
Proof of Heaven~ Eben Alexander
Deeply Odd~ Dean Koontz
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls~ David Sedaris
The Forever of Ella and Micha~ Jessica Sorenson
Eleven Rings~ Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
Zero Hour~ Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
The Guns At Last Night~ Rick Atkinson
World War Z~ Max Brooks
The Unwinding~ George Packer
Wild~ Cheryl Strayed
2013 Top Fashion and Trends:
Skinny jeans with high heels
Loose fitting tops
High-waisted pants and shorts
Bedazzled jeans with flap pockets
Denim Shirts and vests
Platform heels and Gladiator Sandals
2013 World Population:
7,136,796,000 and counting…
2013 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States.
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
Xi Jinping, President of China.
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister 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.
2013 News Headlines and Major Events:
– January 11 – The French military begins operations in the Northern Mali conflict against Islamists.
– February 12 – North Korea conducts its third underground nuclear test, prompting tightened sanctions by the international community.
– February 15 – A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. The incident, along with a coincidental flyby of an asteroid, prompts international concern regarding the vulnerability of the planet to meteor strikes.
– February 28 – Benedict XVI resigns as Pope, the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
– March 13 – Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the 266th pope, taking the name Francis.He is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.
– March 24 – 2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict: Central African Republic President François Bozizé is overthrown after he flees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the onset of the rebels capture the nation’s capital.
– March 27 – Canada becomes the first country to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
– April 15 – Two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, killing 3 and injuring 264 others.
– April 24 – An eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, resulting 1,127 deaths, 2,500 injured and scores more trapped. The accident is the world’s deadliest structural collapse and the third worst industrial disaster in history.
– April 30 – Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates, and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, ascends the throne as King of the Netherlands. He is the first king of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather William III in 1890.
– June 6 – American Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
– June 14–30 – Flash floods and landslides in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh kill more than 5,700 people and trap more than 20,000.
– July 3 – Amid mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d’état, leading to widespread violence.
– July 22 – Duchess Catherine and Prince William welcome son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Prince George weighed in at 8lbs. 6oz. at birth.
– August 21 – Chemical attack in Syria kills 1429 people, 426 being children according to US government assessments. (BBC)
– October 1 – The United States federal government entered a shutdown after Congress failed to enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year.
– November 8 – Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead.
2013 Pop Culture:
-January 11- Duchess Kate starts to venture out after pregnancy announcement.
-January 13- Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host Golden Globes Awards and poke fun of Taylor Swifts dating habits.
-January 21 – President Barack Obama is inaugurated into the presidential office for his second term.
-January 30- John Mayer opens up to Rolling Stone Magazine about relationship with Katy Perry.
-February 3 –Beyonce headlines the Superbowl halftime show.
-February 19 – Fergie and Josh Duhamel announce their pregnant.
-February 24 – Jennifer Lawrence trips up the stairs on her way to accept an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
-April 15 – Two bombs go off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, MA.
-April 19 – Reese Witherspoon gets arrested for disorderly conduct after her husband is pulled over for drinking and driving.
-Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries is finalized.
-June 5- Paris Jackson(the late Michael Jackson’s daughter) was rushed to the hospital for possible suicide attempt.
-June 13- Only known Anne Frank video resurfaces courtesy of the Anne Frank House.
– June 15- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcome baby girl North West.
– June 19 – James Gandolfini, 51, dies of a heart attack in Rome, Italy. He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO hit series The Sopranos.
– June 30 – Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson welcome son Ace Knute.
– July 13 – Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, is found dead in Vancouver hotel room. He battled addiction in his teens and ended up dying from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
– August 25 – Miley Cyrus twerks her way into news headlines by dancing nasty with Robin Thicke and a foam finger on stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
– August 28 – Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones separate.
– October 11 – Minnesota Vikings football star Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son dies after allegedly beaten by the mother’s boyfriend.
-November 30 – Actor Paul Walker, 40, dies in a car crash after attending an event for his Reach Out Worldwide charity. He was most known for his role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series.
– December – Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013.
– December 5 – Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95 after a prolonged respiratory infection. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
– December 13 – Khloe Kardashian files for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage.
– December 19 – A&E suspends Phil Robertson from hit television series Duck Dynasty because of anti-gay comments he made in an interview. The network later decides to resume filming the 2014 season with the whole Robertson family, including Phil.
-January 2 – A study by Caltech astronomers reports that the Milky Way Galaxy contains at least one planet per star, resulting in approximately 100–400 billion exoplanets. The study, based on planets orbiting the star Kepler-32, suggests that planetary systems may be the norm around stars in our galaxy.
– May 15 – In a study published in Nature, Oregon Health & Science University researchers describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning.
– November 28 – Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) passes to within 1,800,000 kilometres (1,100,000 miles) of the Sun and will be visible during the day to the naked eye from Earth.
– Planned launch of the Indian Mars probe Mangalyaan.
– December 14 – Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3, carrying the Yutu rover, becomes the first spacecraft to “soft”-land on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover to do so.
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