• Thursday, October 23, 2014
  • Posted by Admin

This fall Howard Bank celebrates our ten-year anniversary, thanks in no small part to the fantastic community, partners and customers we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. While we were busy with our grand opening a mere ten years ago here in Maryland, here’s what was happening in the rest of the world, from technology to entertainment, politics and prices.

 

World Events

• North Korea banned mobile phones
• 9.3 magnitude earthquake hit Pacific islands, killing 230,000 people
• Summer Olympics were held in Athens
• The Boston Red Sox won World Series for first time in 86 years

Technology 

• Google introduced Gmail
• iPod mini and iPod U2 edition released
• Nokia 6230 launched and sold 50 million units
• Motorola Razr 3 launched
• “The Facebook” launched at Harvard

Entertainment

• The famous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction occurred during Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance
• The series finale of Friends aired
• Ken Jennings finally lost Jeopardy
• The NHL lockout

Politics

• The Bush/Kerry election
• Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage
• Colin Powell resigned and was replaced by Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State

Finance

• Oil prices dropped to $55/barrel
• The National Budget Deficit was $413 billion
• Apple stock up 211 percent
• Google goes public, starting at $85/share

Style & Fashion

• Polo shirts
• Velour track suits
• Von Dutch trucker hats

Prices

• Gasoline: $1.59- $2.04 per gallon
• White bread: ~$.97
• Cable internet median cost: $45 per month
• Tall Starbucks Latte: $2.65