2014 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on December 4, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2014.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2014.

Quick History Facts From 2014

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2014? For openers, President Obama took executive action on U.S. immigration, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning about climate change, and Janet Yellen was sworn in as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft, Susan Wojcicki became the CEO of YouTube, and Adam Silver became the fifth NBA commissioner.

In 2014, the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations after 50 years, the Republicans took control of the Senate during the midterm elections, and JPMorgan Chase suffered a computer hack that affected 76 million households. The Time Warner and Comcast merger was finalized, the Ebola epidemic became a global health crisis, and a Malaysian Airlines plane disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Back in 2014, scientists discovered that water vapor was escaping from the dwarf planet Ceres, archaeologists uncovered the oldest known temple from ancient Rome, and K. Jonas Nordby unravelled the mysterious jötunvillur code. NASA’s Maven spacecraft reached Mars, and NASA took steps to ensure that its astronauts "bound for the International Space Station would not have to hitch a ride with the Russians.”

In 2014, 12 Years a Slave won an Academy Award for Best Picture, Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Royals won a Grammy for Song of the Year. The Seattle Seahawks were the Super Bowl champs, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and the Los Angeles Kings clinched the Stanley Cup.

Back in 2014, unemployment dipped to 5.6%, the average household income was $66,877, and the median cost of a new home was $301,500. Americans paid an average of $25,464 for a new car, the retail price for a gallon of gas peaked at $3.66, and the price of gold declined by 2%. A gallon of whole milk cost $3.69, bacon was $5.78 a pound, and a dozen eggs were $2.02.

In 2014, Sunday Night Football (NBC) was the most popular TV show, Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest-grossing film, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was the best-selling book. Google released its Android version 5.0 (Lollipop), Apple introduced the mobile pay service Apple Pay, and Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Back in 2014, Melbourne was the most liveable city in the world, Pittsburgh was the most livable location in America, and San Francisco had the highest apartment rents in the U.S. McDonalds opened their first restaurant in Vietnam, the fast-food chain Quiznos filed for bankruptcy, and Joey Chestnut won his eighth consecutive Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

What else happened in 2014? Jay Leno hosted The Tonight Show for the last time, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers both passed away, and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was added to the National Film Registry. Apple introduced the iPhone 6, Android TV was launched, and avocado toast and the Negroni cocktail were all the rage.

Famous people in the news were Barack Obama, Adam Silver, Alfonso Cuarón, Anne Hidalgo, Ban Ki-moon, Bobby Cox, Cate Blanchett, Ethel Kennedy, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Janet Yellen, Jay Leno, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jim Parsons, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Torre, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, K. Jonas Nordby, Matthew McConaughey, Narendra Modi, Robin Williams, Satya Nadella, Susan Wojcicki, Tom Glavine, and Tony La Russa.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2014. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Happy reminiscing, and thanks for reading!

Table of Contents

What happened in the year 2014? For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2014

  2. History Facts From the USA and World

  3. Sports Trivia

  4. Entertainment News

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History

  7. Most Popular Websites in the World

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Best-Selling Books

  10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2014-15

  11. Highest-Grossing Films

  12. Cinematic Treasures Added to the National Film Registry

  13. Horror Movies From 2014

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. Top 40 Songs for the Year

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Food and Beverage Trends

  18. Famous Weddings

  19. Famous People Who Died in 2014

  20. Ten Best-Selling Cars

  21. The World’s Most Admired Companies

  22. American Companies That Were Launched

In 2014, ice cream sandwiches were a popular food trend we're still loving.
In 2014, ice cream sandwiches were a popular food trend we're still loving.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2014

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of VisualCapitalist.com.

  1. All-purpose flour (one pound): 52 cents

  2. White rice (one pound): 73 cents

  3. Sugar (one pound): 61 cents

  4. Pasta (one pound): $1.28

  5. White bread (one pound): $1.40

  6. Wheat bread (one pound): $2.03

  7. Whole milk (one gallon): $3.69

  8. Salted butter (one pound): $2.84

  9. American cheese (one pound): $4.49

  10. Eggs (one dozen): $2.02

  11. Red Delicious apples (one pound): $1.35

  12. Bananas (one pound): 60 cents

  13. Navel oranges (one pound): $1.32

  14. Seedless grapes (one pound): $2.24

  15. Strawberries (12 ounces): $2.29

  16. Lemons (one pound): $1.97

  17. Tomatoes (one pound): $1.71

  18. Broccoli (one pound): $1.76

  19. Dried beans (one pound): $1.47

  20. Potatoes (one pound): 67 cents

  21. Ground beef (one pound): $4.30

  22. Top round steak (one pound): $5.68

  23. Sirloin steak (one pound): $7.69

  24. Boneless pork chops (one pound): $4.37

  25. Boneless chicken breasts (one pound): $3.46

  26. Frozen turkey (one pound): $1.60

  27. Sliced bacon (one pound): $5.78

  28. Creamy peanut butter (one pound): $2.60

  29. Chocolate chip cookies (one pound): $3.41

  30. Ice cream (½ gallon): $4.89

In 2014, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.
In 2014, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 2014, Barack Obama was President of the United States, and Joe Biden was Vice-President.
  2. In December, the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 5.6%, which was the lowest rate for the year. (Over the course of 2014, the unemployment rate decreased by 1.1%.)
  3. The inflation rate was 1.62%. OfficialData,org tells us that $100 in 2013 was equivalent in purchasing power to about $101.62 in 2014.
  4. Consumer expenses and the average pre-tax household income both increased in 2014. According to the BLS, average annual expenditures increased from $51,100 in 2013 to $53,495 in 2014. Accompanying the increase in expenses, the average income before taxes increased from $63,784 in 2013 to $66,877 in 2014.
  5. About two-thirds of Americans owned their own home. Pittsburgh, Tampa, New York, Cleveland, and Miami were the top five metropolitan areas in the country for free-and-clear homeownership. On the other hand, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, Denver, and Charlotte had the lowest percentage of free-and-clear homeowners.
  6. The highest rents for a one bedroom apartment were found in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., and Miami. Conversely, Detroit, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Kansas City (MO) had the lowest rents for one bedroom apartments.
  7. In 2014, one pound of potatoes cost 67 cents, wheat bread was $2.03 for a 16-ounce loaf, and chocolate chip cookies were $3.41 for a 16-ounce package. One pound of sugar cost 61 cents, a gallon of whole milk was $3.69, and a dozen eggs were $2.02.
  8. In June, the average price for a gallon of gas peaked at $3.66, which was 13 cents higher than at the same time a year earlier.
  9. A first-class stamp cost 49 cents.
  10. The average income before taxes in the U.S. was $66,877.
  11. Americans paid an average of $25,464 for a new car, down $118 from 2013.
  12. In December 2014, the median price for a new house was $301,500, while the average cost was $373,200.
  13. The federal minimum wage was $7.25.
  14. The price of gold declined 2%. Fool.com points out that 2014 was “a topsy-turvy time for the price of gold. At the beginning of the year, gold prices soared, rising from around $1,200 per ounce to almost $1,400 as investors looked for ways to protect themselves from rising geopolitical tensions.”
  15. In December, the prime rate was 3.25%.
  16. In December 2014, the average credit card debt per household was $7,154, up from $6,887 in 2013.
  17. On January 22, scientists at the Herschel space observatory discovered that water vapor was escaping from Ceres, a dwarf planet that is also “the largest asteroid in the solar system.”
  18. On January 29, archaeologists uncovered Sant’Omobono, which is believed to be the oldest known temple from ancient Rome. NPR.org explains that Sant’Omobono “was probably dedicated to the goddess Fortuna. The archaeological team discovered large quantities of votive offerings such as miniature versions of drinking vessels, left not by locals but by foreign traders.”
  19. On February 1, Adam Silver became the fifth NBA commissioner.
  20. On February 3, Janet Yellen was sworn in as Chairwoman of the United States Federal Reserve. She succeeded Ben Bernanke, and was the first woman to hold the position.
  21. On February 4, Satya Nadella became the new CEO of Microsoft.
  22. On February 5, the runologist K. Jonas Nordby unravelled the mysterious jötunvillur code, which dates back to 12th- or 13th-century Scandinavia.
  23. On February 5, Susan Wojcicki—Google’s first marketing manager—became the CEO of YouTube.
  24. From February 7-23, the 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia.

  25. On March 8, a Malaysian Airlines plane disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There was no crash site, and 239 people on board went missing. ABCNews.go.com acknowledges that “It was considered the deadliest plane crash in aviation history until just four months later when a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, was shot down near the Ukrainian border. Though no one has ever been found formally responsible, American intelligence sources blame pro-Russian separatist forces using a surface-to-air missile for the deaths of all 298 souls on board.”
  26. On April 1, NATO foreign ministers agreed to “suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia.”
  27. On May 26, Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India.
  28. On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court “unanimously ruled that the police must obtain warrants before searching the digital contents of cell phones taken from people who are placed under arrest.”
  29. On September 7, the asteroid 2014 RC safely passed within 21,126 miles of the Earth.
  30. On September 18, in Scotland’s independence referendum, voters chose for the country to remain part of the United Kingdom and not to become an independent nation. According to BBC.com, “With the results in from all 32 council areas, the ‘No’ side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for ‘Yes.’” Open.edu adds that “There is considerable evidence that the NO vote was particularly strong among the middle classes and among affluent pensioners. However, that the elderly population voted NO in large numbers was also due in no small part to fears about economic matters about the currency and the loss of the pound sterling, and around concerns about the future of pensions, many of which are tied up in UK-wide pension funds.”
  31. On September 22, NASA’s Maven spacecraft reached Mars.
  32. On October 3, JPMorgan Chase—one of the largest U.S. banks—announced that “a massive computer hack affected the accounts of 76 million households and about seven million small businesses, making it one of the largest of its kind ever discovered.”
  33. On November 3, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that “if the world maintains its ‘business as usual’ attitude about climate change, the opportunity to keep temperature rise below the internationally target of 2 degrees Celsius, ‘will slip away within the next decade.’”
  34. On November 4, the Republicans took control of the Senate during the midterm elections. ABCNews.go.com remarks that “With only 36.3 percent of voters weighing in, the Republicans took control of the Senate and held on to their firm grip of the House of Representatives, which political analysts interpreted as a disgruntled knock on President Obama's policies.” (By the way, the Republicans had not controlled the Senate since January 2007.)
  35. On November 10, human rights advocate Ethel Kennedy—the widow of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy—was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  36. On November 20, President Obama took executive action on U.S. immigration. During a nationally-televised address, Obama announced that he was “temporarily shielding” up to five million immigrants from being deported. NPR.org clarifies that Obama “would defer the deportation of the parents of children who are either U.S. citizens or legal residents, and that he also would expand that protection to more ‘DREAMers,’ or children who entered the country illegally with their parents. Those two groups also will be allowed to work in the United States legally, after passing a background check and paying a fee.”
  37. On December 7, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that she wanted diesel cars to be banned from the French capital by 2020 to reduce pollution.
  38. On December 17, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba had “re-established diplomatic relations after a half-century freeze and called on Congress to lift the long-standing embargo on travel and trade.”
  39. In 2014, the Ebola epidemic became a global health crisis. ABCNews.go.com reports that “The deadliest outbreak of Ebola, a deadly hemorrhagic fever, started in West Africa in the spring of 2014 and began to spread rapidly in late summer. Most of the epidemic was contained in three countries -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- though there have been cases in confirmed in at least five other countries, including two diagnosed in the United States.”

In 2014, Shipt—a delivery service that is owned by the Target Corporation—was launched.
In 2014, Shipt—a delivery service that is owned by the Target Corporation—was launched.

3. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia night quiz.

  1. Kentucky Derby: California Chrome

  2. NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs

  3. NCAA Basketball Champions: Connecticut

  4. NCAA Football Champs: Ohio State

  5. Orange Bowl: Clemson over Ohio State

  6. Rose Bowl: Michigan State over Stanford

  7. Stanley Cup Champs: Los Angeles Kings

  8. Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma over Alabama

  9. Super Bowl Champions: Seattle Seahawks

  10. U.S. Open Golf: Martin Kaymer

  11. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Marin Cilic/Serena Williams

  12. Wimbledon (men/women): Novak Djokovic/Petra Kvitová

  13. World Cup Soccer: Germany

  14. World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants

4. Entertainment News

  1. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for 2014 included Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Benson, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Brooklyn Decker, Kat Dennings, Karen Gillan, Ellie Goulding, Katie Holmes, Victoria Justice, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Middleton, Olivia Munn, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Olsen, Katy Perry, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Sophie Turner, and Emma Watson.
  2. Nina Davuluri (New York) won the Miss America crown. She was also the first Indian-American to win the title.
  3. Nia Sanchez (Nevada) became Miss USA. She was also the first contestant from the state of Nevada to win the crown.
  4. Top-grossing Broadway shows were The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, and Aladdin.
  5. Broadway shows that opened in 2014 included A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun, Aladdin, Les Miserables, and The Bridges of Madison County.
  6. At the 86th Academy Awards—which honored the best films of 2013—12 Years a Slave won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  7. At the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Breaking Bad (AMC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  8. At the 56th Grammy Awards, Get Lucky won a Grammy for Record of the Year, Royals won an award for Song of the Year, and Random Access Memories won an award for Album of the Year.
  9. In 2014, Sunday Night Football (NBC) was the most-watched TV show.
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest-grossing film.
  11. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the best-selling print book as well as the most popular Kindle book.

  12. In 2014, the unexpected deaths of both Robin Williams and Joan Rivers took fans by surprise. On August 11, 63-year-old Robin Williams committed suicide in his California home. Three weeks later, 81-year-old Joan Rivers died from complications from a throat surgery.
  13. On January 12, True Detective, a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuted on HBO.
  14. On February 6, Jay Leno hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show for the last time. (Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon were among Leno’s final guests.)
  15. On February 17, Jimmy Fallon became the new host of The Tonight Show.
  16. On April 10, The Amazing Spider-Man 2—a superhero film directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone—premiered in London.
  17. On April 11, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  18. On April 27, the half-hour long Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, a late-night talk and news show hosted by John Oliver, debuted on HBO.
  19. On May 30, Seth MacFarlane's live-action western film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, premiered in U.S. theatres.
  20. On July 1, Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the CBS drama Criminal Minds as a series regular.
  21. On July 21, the superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy—directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana—debuted in Los Angeles.
  22. On September 16, singer and songwriter Barbara Streisand released Partners, her 34th studio album.
  23. On October 31, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  24. On November 10, the drama-fantasy film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, premiered in London.
  25. On December 1, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—the third and final Hobbit film—debuted in London. The movie was directed by Peter Jackson and starred Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen.
  26. On December 25, Unbroken, a film directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O'Connell and Domhall Gleeson, premiered in U.S. theatres.

In 2014, Apple introduced the mobile pay service Apple Pay to its users.
In 2014, Apple introduced the mobile pay service Apple Pay to its users.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2014, the most popular baby names were Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, and Ava.

  2. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.9 years, and there were 724.6 deaths per 100,000 residents.

  3. The average SAT score was 1,497. (A perfect score—combining the results for reading, writing, and math—is 2,400.)

  4. In 2014, Americans drove an average of 9,772 miles.

  5. Median wealth in the United States was $44,900, which put the U.S. in 19th place with other developed countries. (In 2014, the richest countries in the world per capita were Qatar, Luxembourg, and Singapore.)

  6. The average number of people per household was 2.54.

  7. The average personal savings rate was 7.7%.

  8. The violent crime rate in America was 365.5 crimes per 100,000 residents, and the property crime rate was 2,596.1 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.

  9. In 2014, out-of-pocket healthcare expenses per household averaged $4,290.

  10. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $4,000,000.

  11. Favorite holiday gifts included the Amazon Kindle and Google’s Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player.

  12. Popular adult Halloween costumes were witches, animals, Star Wars characters, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, doctors and nurses, zombies, pirates, vampires, and political personalities such as Barack Obama.

  13. Fashion trends in 2014 included button-front skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, white sneakers, furry key chains, lace-up pumps, and slip-on sneakers.

  14. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” were the Ebola fighters.

  15. The price of a daily newspaper averaged $1.00.

  16. The world's oldest flamingo—83-year-old Greater—died at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia.

  17. McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Vietnam. The McDonald’s branch—located in Ho Chi Minh City—had a 24-hour drive-through service and featured both menu classics as well as items that catered to local tastes.

  18. Quiznos, the fast-food restaurant chain, filed for bankruptcy protection.

  19. Joey Chestnut won his 8th consecutive Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. He ate 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

  20. After 25 years, Food Arts magazine suspended publication.

In 2014, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2014, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

6. Computer and Internet History

These fun facts and trivia have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 2014, the Internet reached about 43% of the world’s population.

  2. The social news site Reddit had 170 million registered users.

  3. Google introduced Google Classroom, “a free service for educational institutions, including schools and universities. Classroom allows educators to enroll students in a digital class, which is a page for students to access their assignments, including instructions, due dates, and other helpful tools.”

  4. Google also released Google Cardboard, a low-end, smartphone-based, virtual-reality headset.

  5. Panasonic and Samsung both announced that they would no longer be manufacturing plasma TVs.

  6. In January, the website building and hosting service Squarespace was launched. ComputerHope.com explains that Squarespace has many "different styles of templates as well as an easy-to-use drag and drop interface to make adding content quicker and simpler.”

  7. On February 4, Satya Nadella became the new CEO of Microsoft.

  8. On February 7, the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy after $460 million was apparently stolen by hackers, and “another $27.4 million went missing from its bank accounts.”

  9. On April 11, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 smartphone in 150 countries as the successor to the Galaxy S4.

  10. On June 6, OnePlus released its first product—the OnePlus One smartphone—for general sale to the public. Previously, the OnePlus One was only available to prospective customers by invitation through “unconventional” and “controversial” contests that were sponsored by the OnePlus company.

  11. On June 25, Android TV was launched.

  12. In August, Amazon purchased Twitch.tv for $970 million.

  13. On September 10, MacWorld magazine announced that it would stop all print production and would become a digital-only service.

  14. On September 9, Apple introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch.

  15. On September 30, Microsoft announced that it would release Windows 10 in 2014. (Author’s note: Windows 10 was launched on July 29, 2014.)

  16. On October 8, the Time Warner and Comcast merger was finalized when Time Warner’s shareholders approved the cable operator’s proposed merger with Comcast. According to TWC, over 99% of the votes were in favor of the deal.

  17. On October 20, Apple introduced the mobile pay service Apple Pay to its users. Much like Google’s Android Pay that was launched in September 2014, Apple Pay allows users “to add funds, as well as credit/debit cards, to a digital wallet that they can use to make purchases through various means, including tap-to-pay and online stores.”

  18. On November 3, Google released its Android version 5.0 (Lollipop).

  19. On November 4, Amazon launched Amazon Echo, “a digital assistant that can interact with a user using voice recognition and answer questions, set timers, control other smart home devices, and perform hundreds of other skills.”

  20. On November 6, the black market website Silk Road shut down. ComputerHope.com tells us that “Silk Road was an anonymous online black market that used Tor technology to prevent the monitoring of its users' network traffic. The site was most well known for its selling of illegal goods such as counterfeit goods and drugs.”

7. Most Popular Websites in the World

This Internet trivia has been made available courtesy of Medust.com.

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. YouTube
  4. Yahoo! (Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.)
  5. Baidu (a Chinese search engine)

  6. Wikipedia
  7. Twitter
  8. Tencent QQ (According to Technobezz.com, Tencent QQ is “the instant messaging software service which was developed by Tencent Holdings Limited from China. It offers a wide range of services such as shopping, group and voice chat, microblogging, online games, music, and movies.”)
  9. Taobao (a Chinese website for online shopping)
  10. Amazon

Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine in 2014, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.
Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine in 2014, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 2014 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  1. Chemistry: William E. Moerner, Eric Betzig, and Stefan Hell

  2. Economics: Jean Tirole

  3. Literature: Patrick Modiano

  4. Peace: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

  5. Physics: Shuji Nakamura, Hiroshi Amano, and Isamu Akasaki

  6. Physiology or medicine: Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser, and John O'Keefe

9. Best-Selling Books

This book data has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Here are the best-selling print books:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars (trade paper) by John Green

  2. The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  5. Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

  6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  8. The Fault in Our Stars (movie tie-in) by John Green

  9. The Fault in Our Stars (hardcover) by John Green

  10. Frozen by Victoria Saxon

Here are the Amazon Kindle bestsellers:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  9. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

  10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2014-15

These TV facts have been made available courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

  1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  3. NCIS (CBS)

  4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

  5. Empire (FOX)

  6. Thursday Night Football (CBS)

  7. Dancing With The Stars (ABC)

  8. Criminal Minds (CBS)

  9. Madam Secretary (CBS)

  10. Scandal (ABC)

In 2014, The LEGO Movie was one of the highest-grossing films.
In 2014, The LEGO Movie was one of the highest-grossing films.

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

  3. The LEGO Movie

  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  5. Transformers: Age of Extinction

  6. Maleficent

  7. X-Men: Days of Future Past

  8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  9. Big Hero 6

  10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

12. Cinematic Treasures Added to the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 2014 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. 13 Lakes (2004)

  2. Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)

  3. Down Argentine Way (1940)

  4. Felicia (1965)

  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  6. House of Wax (1953)

  7. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

  8. Little Big Man (1970)

  9. Luxo Jr. (1986)

  10. Moon Breath Beat (1980)

  11. Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)

  12. Rio Bravo (1959)

  13. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

  14. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

  15. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  16. Shoes (1916)

  17. State Fair (1933)

  18. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  19. The Dragon Painter (1919)

  20. The Gang’s All Here (1943)

  21. The Power and the Glory (1933)

  22. The Way of Peace (1947)

  23. Unmasked (1917)

  24. V-E Day +1 (May 9, 1945) (1945)

  25. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

13. Horror Movies From 2014

Horror films for the year included The Babadook, It Follows, Starry Eyes, Housebound, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Dead Snow 2, Creep, As Above, So Below, Annabelle, Goodnight Mommy, Tusk, What We Do in the Shadows, The Canal, Late Phases, 13 Sins, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Deliver Us from Evil, Jessabelle, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, The Purge: Anarchy, The Houses October Built, Let Us Prey, The Quiet Ones, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Stage Fright, Clown, ABCs of Death 2, Spring, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Zombeavers, Lemon Tree Passage, Fear Clinic, and Honeymoon.

In 2014, the Los Angeles Kings clinched the Stanley Cup.
In 2014, the Los Angeles Kings clinched the Stanley Cup.

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 2015 included Ariana Grande, Beyonce, The Black Keys, Blake Shelton, Coldplay, Eminem, Florida Georgia Line, Frozen Soundtrack, Iggy Azalea, J. Cole, Jason Aldean, Jason Derulo, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

15. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This pop music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com. How many of these songs do you remember?

1. Happy: Pharrell Williams

2. Dark Horse: Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

3. All of Me: John Legend

4. Fancy: Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

5. Counting Stars: OneRepublic

6. Talk Dirty: Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

7. Rude: MAGIC!

8. All About That Bass: Meghan Trainor

9. Problem: Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

10. Stay With Me: Sam Smith

11. Timber: Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

12. Pompeii: Bastille

13. Shake It Off: Taylor Swift

14. Am I Wrong: Nico and Vinz

15. Turn Down For What: DJ Snake and Lil Jon

16. The Monster: Eminem featuring Rihanna

17. Say Something: A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera

18. Team: Lorde

19. Let Her Go: Passenger

20. Royals: Lorde

21. Let It Go: Idina Menzel

22. Wake Me Up!: Avicii

23. Demons: Imagine Dragons

24. Story of My Life: One Direction

25. Chandelier: Sia

26. Black Widow: Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora

27. Bang Bang: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

28. Latch: Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

29. Maps: Maroon 5

30. Loyal: Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga

31. Best Day of My Life: American Authors

32. Habits (Stay High): Tove Lo

33. Summer: Calvin Harris

34. Boom Clap: Charli XCX

35. Drunk in Love: Beyonce featuring Jay Z

36. Anaconda: Nicki Minaj

37. Break Free: Ariana Grande featuring Zedd

38. Bailando: Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona

39. Burn: Ellie Goulding

40. Wiggle: Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg

In 2014, Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was added to the National Film Registry.
In 2014, Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was added to the National Film Registry.

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2014 included Dark Souls II, Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Titanfall, Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Watch Dogs, Hearthstone, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Driveclub, Reaper of Souls, FIFA 15, Far Cry 4, Divinity: Original Sin, Sunset Overdrive, The Banner Saga, The Crew, Infamous Second Son, Broken Age, This War of Mine, Master Chief Collection, and Child of Light.

17. Food and Beverage Trends

These food facts from 2014 have been made available courtesy of the Delish.com and TheKitchn.com.

  1. Avocado toast

  2. Brussels sprouts

  3. Cauliflower

  4. Coconut sugar

  5. Cold brews

  6. Cookie butter

  7. Fermented foods

  8. Filipino cuisine

  9. Flavored salts

  10. Frankenfoods (Frankenfoods are “mash-ups” of two or more culinary favorites into one dish, such as a macaroni-and-cheese pizza.)

  11. Fried chicken

  12. Ice cream sandwiches

  13. Iced lattes (with and without alcohol)

  14. Jell-O shots

  15. Kale

  16. Kalettes (a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts)

  17. Mexican food

  18. Pickles

  19. Pistachios

  20. Ramen

  21. Savory ice creams and yogurts

  22. Smoky flavors

  23. Surge (a popular soda from the 1990s)

  24. The Negroni cocktail (The Negroni is “a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.”)

  25. Vegetable fries, rice, and pasta

In 2014, kalettes—a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts—were all the rage.
In 2014, kalettes—a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts—were all the rage.

18. Famous Weddings

This celebrity news from 2014 has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. On March 14, actress Jamie Lynn Spears married businessman Jamie Watson.

  2. On March 21, tenor Andrea Bocelli wed Veronica Berti.

  3. On May 24, rapper and record producer Kanye West married model Kim Kardashian.

  4. On June 7, playwright Tom Stoppard wed brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness.

  5. On August 23, actress Angelina Jolie married actor and film producer Brad Pitt.

  6. On September 8, actress Ashley Tisdale wed singer Christopher French.

  7. On September 27, actor George Clooney married lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

  8. On October 1, actress Scarlett Johansson wed advertising executive Romain Dauriac.

  9. On December 15, actor Eddie Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe.

  10. On December 21, singer Elton John wed producer David Furnish.

19. Famous People Who Died in 2014

  1. January 3: Jason “Phil” Everly (American musician)

  2. February 1: Maximilian Schell (Swiss-Austrian actor known for his role in the American courtroom drama Judgment at Nuremberg)

  3. February 10: Shirley Temple (American actress and diplomat)

  4. March 29: Hobart Alter (surf-and-sailing entrepreneur who created the Hobie Cat)

  5. April 6: Mickey Rooney (American actor)

  6. May 18: Jerry Vale (American singer)

  7. May 19: Michael Aldrich (English entrepreneur who invented online shopping)

  8. May 28: Maya Angelou (American author)

  9. June 13: Chuck Noll (former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers)

  10. June 15: Casey Kasem (American radio personality who created the “American Top 40”)

  11. August 11: Robin Williams (American actor)

  12. August 12: Lauren Bacall (American actress and singer)

  13. August 24: Richard Attenborough (English actor and director)

  14. September 4: Joan Rivers (American actress and TV host)

  15. September 12: Ian Paisley (politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland)

  16. October 21: Ben Bradlee (American editor, journalist, and newspaper executive)

  17. November 14: Jane Byrne (American politician who was Chicago’s 50th mayor)

  18. December 2: Jean Marc Beliveau (Canadian NHL player)

  19. December 22: Joe Cocker (English rock musician)

  20. December 30: Luise Rainer (German-American actress who was the first film star to win multiple Academy Awards)

In 2014, McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Vietnam.
In 2014, McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Vietnam.

20. Ten Best-Selling Cars

MotorTrend.com tells us that “2014 was another strong year for the auto industry. Many of the usual sedans topped the sales charts for 2014, but a few hatchbacks and even a luxury car snuck onto the list.” Here were the ten best-selling cars in the U.S. for 2014:

  1. Toyota Camry: 396,988

  2. Honda Accord: 356,785

  3. Toyota Corolla: 309,373

  4. Nissan Altima: 303,313

  5. Honda Civic: 300,644

  6. Ford Fusion: 283,694

  7. Chevrolet Cruze: 255,260

  8. Ford Focus: 204,751

  9. Hyundai Elantra: 203,163

  10. Hyundai Sonata: 199,012

21. The World’s Most Admired Companies

This information has been made available courtesy of RankingTheBrands.com.

  1. Apple

  2. Amazon

  3. Google

  4. Berkshire Hathaway

  5. Starbucks

  6. Coca-Cola

  7. Walt Disney World

  8. FedEx

  9. Southwest Airlines

  10. General Electric

  11. American Express

  12. Costco

  13. Nike

  14. BMW

  15. Procter & Gamble

  16. IBM

  17. Nordstrom

  18. Singapore Airlines

  19. Johnson & Johnson

  20. Whole Foods

  21. Samsung

  22. McDonald’s

  23. 3M

  24. Microsoft

  25. Toyota

  26. Boeing

  27. ExxonMobil

  28. Walmart

  29. Target

  30. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  31. Nestle

  32. UPS

  33. Caterpillar

  34. Goldman Sachs

  35. Wells Fargo

  36. Volkswagen

  37. Unilever

  38. Facebook

  39. Marriott International

  40. The Home Depot

  41. BlackRock

  42. PepsiCo

  43. DuPont

  44. eBay

  45. Accenture

  46. Deere & Company

  47. Intel

  48. Delta Airlines

  49. Cisco

  50. AT&T

22. American Companies That Were Launched

  1. 606 Films (motion picture production company)

  2. American Ethane Company (the largest producer of ethane in the United States)

  3. ATTN: (media company)

  4. Bear Mattress (mattress and bedding brand)

  5. Carbon (digital manufacturing company)

  6. Granular Inc. (agricultural software development firm)

  7. Gunfire Games (video game developer)

  8. The Hawaii Project (personalized book discovery engine)

  9. Jet.com (online shopping service)

  10. Los Angeles Media Fund (entertainment and media company)

  11. Marshall Broadcasting Group (television broadcasting company)

  12. MBM Motorsports (professional stock car racing team)

  13. Nash Icon Records (country music record label)

  14. Nervana Systems (artificial intelligence software company)

  15. Open Door (online real estate company)

  16. Open Edge (financial technology services)

  17. Pager (healthcare technology firm)

  18. Rhone Apparel (men’s sportswear company)

  19. SENE (luxury designer brand)

  20. Shipt (delivery service)

  21. Tenor (online GIF search engine)

  22. Tribune Publishing (newspaper publishing company)

  23. Veem (global payments platform)

  24. WayUp (job site and mobile app for college students)

  25. Yup Technologies (educational technology company)

In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks were the Super Bowl champs.
In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks were the Super Bowl champs.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Kari, thanks again. Actually, what I found from the new source was much better than the original content. I’m glad that you brought that matter to my attention. All’s well that ends well.

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    Kari Poulsen 

    2 weeks ago from Ohio

    I'm glad to be of service :-)

  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Hello Kari. Thanks for the comment. Well, I used a source from Fortune.com, and for some reason, Amazon.com wasn’t on it. Now that the dust has settled, I agree that this is odd. So, I decided to change sources and am now using “The World’s Most Admired Companies.” That info is from RankingTheBrands.com. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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    Kari Poulsen 

    2 weeks ago from Ohio

    I find it funny that Amazon doesn't show up under the top 10 corporations.

  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    3 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. Well, Walmart has held the top spot now for many years, and will probably do so for many more years to come. One day, I realized that I was building up a brand with these nostalgia articles. Of course, I never know which ones will do exceptionally well and which ones won’t.

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    Liz Westwood 

    3 weeks ago from UK

    You have got this down to a very slick operation. Do you have a series yet? Are there many gaps to fill in your lifetime of annual articles? It would be interesting to chart how many years Walmart has held the top spot.

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