College costs: 2000

The cost of an Apple iMac started at $799 in 2000 (or $1,098 today)

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Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2000 was $57,726, with families spending 20% of their income on public university ($11,548 sticker price, annually) or 53.1% on private university ($30,692 sticker price, annually).

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  • The final "Peanuts" comic strip is published, following the death Charles Schulz
  • Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia
  • Millennium Force opens at Cedar Point, the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster
  • "Dora the Explorer" debuts on Nickelodeon
  • USS Cole is badly damaged by two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers
  • Legendary MAD Magazine cartoonist Don Martin dies
  • A naked man, Richard Hatch, wins $1,000,000 in the first season of CBS's Survivor
  • The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, George W. Bush becomes President
  • "Gladiator" wins Best Picture
  • Song of the year, "Smooth" by Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) spends 12 weeks at #1
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