College costs: 2014

Philatelists rejoice! The British Guiana One-Cent Black Magenta set a new world auction record, selling for $9.48 million at a Sotheby's - nearly a billion times it's face value.

The median U.S. household income in 2014 was $52,781, with families spending 35.9% of their income on public university ($18,943 sticker price, annually) or 80% on private university ($42,419 sticker price, annually).

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  • The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa begins
  • Belgium becomes the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia
  • Jay Leno leaves "The Tonight Show"...and doesn't come back
  • "True Detective" premiers on HBO
  • A Sunni militant group called the Islamic State begins an offensive through northern Iraq
  • Barack Obama announces the resumption of normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Geckos die during Russian zero-G sex experiment in space
  • One World Trade Center officially opens, 13 years after the September 11 attacks
  • The "Ice Bucket Challenge" raises over $100 million in August for ALS. Nice job, internet
  • 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis becomes first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated
  • "12 Years a Slave" wins Best Picture
  • Psy's "Gangnam Style" is the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube
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