By Paige Carlin
Many seasons have come and gone, leaving various teams and individuals victorious. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Los Angeles Kings emerged triumphant over the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Stanley Cup, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Multiple sporting events were watched by a worldwide audience this year. The U.S. won 28 medals in the Winter Olympics which were held in Sochi, Russia in February. Additionally, the FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil in June, was won by the German national soccer team.
Musically speaking, 2014 was a year to remember. According to billboard.com, the top-selling song on iTunes this year was Pharrell’s “Happy,” followed by “All of Me” by John Legend and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. The top-selling album of the year was the soundtrack for the Disney movie Frozen, which included songs from various artists. It was followed by Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories. In addition, Beyoncé was named best artist by Apple on the company’s “Best-Of” list, which also included best album, best song, best new artist, best alternative and more from the year. To see Apple’s complete list visit billboard.com.
A number of big films premiered in American and international theaters, drawing huge crowds during 2014. One highlight in theaters included the top- grossing movie of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy. According to imbd.com, the sci-fi thriller is about a group of inter-galactic criminals who must work together to stop an evil villain from taking over the universe. Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper were featured in the highly popular film. Guardians of the Galaxy was followed by Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The LEGO Movie and Transformers: Age of Extinction as the overall top five highest-grossing movies of the year, according to boxofficemojo.com.
In the world of technology, 2014 was a game-changer due to many new advancements and refinements. According to technologyreview.com, some of the year’s most important technological milestones include the development of agricultural drones and smart wind and solar power, which harness the power of nature. Brain mapping, genome editing and neuromorphic chips have also emerged as scientific technological advancements that allow researchers to understand and alter the biology of the human body. Some more familiar technological advancements continued to trend in 2014, including microscale 3D printing, agile robots and smartphones with ultra private settings to protect its users from hackers.