College costs: 2010

In 2010 LeBron James was paid $14.5 million for his first year at the Miami Heat. That's $15.7 million in 2014.

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Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2010 was $53,497, with families spending 31.5% of their income on public university ($16,855 sticker price, annually) or 72.5% on private university ($38,799 sticker price, annually).

Also in 2010...

  • A 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti, with a death toll over 316,000
  • The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform explodes spilling 206 million gallons of oil in the Gulf on Mexico
  • Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter
  • The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space (3,641 days)
  • Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sells for $106.5 million at a Christie's
  • All 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months are pulled to safety
  • "I Spy" and "Greatest American Hero" actor Robert Culp dies
  • Facebook reaches 500 million users
  • The Arab Spring begins
  • Conan O'Brien leaves "The Tonight Show" after seven months
  • 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy ban on homosexuals serving openly in the US military is repealed
  • Best picture 2010: "Hurt Locker"
  • #1 Song 2010: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

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