College costs: 1995

Seinfeld Soup Nazi

The Soup Nazi tries to charge George $2 for bread with his soup in the famous “Seinfeld” episode first aired in 1995. In 2014 dollars, the soup nazi would have charged $3.11. ("Seinfeld" distributed by Sony Pictures Television)

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Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1995 was $52,933, with families spending 20.1% of their income on public university ($10,628 sticker price, annually) or 50% on private university ($26,487 sticker price, annually).

Also in 1995...

  • Mississippi ratifies the 13th Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery
  • 168 people are killed in a bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oaklahoma City
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time
  • The DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced
  • eBay is founded as a website to buy and sell Pez dispensers
  • O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder
  • Founding member of The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, dies
  • The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C.
  • The first full length computer animated feature film, "Toy Story," is released
  • Lady Diana and Prince Charles file for divorce
  • The final original "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip is published
  • "Braveheart" wins Best Picture
  • The #1 song of 1995 is "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V.

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