College costs: 2005

The #1 book of 2005 was "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." It sold for $20.99 in 2005, or $25.44 in 2014.

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Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2005 was $56,154, with families spending 25.5% of their income on public university ($14,310 sticker price, annually) or 61.5% on private university ($34,549 sticker price, annually).

Also in 2005...

  • The first free Parliamentary elections in Iraq since 1958 take place
  • Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him
  • YouTube is launched
  • Watergate: Deep Throat's identity is revealed to be former FBI Associate Director Mark Felt
  • Hurricane Katrina makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast
  • Surgeons in France carry out the first human face transplant.
  • Canada becomes the fourth country to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Prince Charles marries long-time flame Camilla Parker Bowles
  • One second is added, 23:59:60, called a leap second, to end the year 2005
  • "Crash" wins Best Picture
  • "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey is the #1 song

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