Ah, the '80s. What the decade lacked in smartphone technology, it made up for in personality and flash. Those 10 years gave us the first female Supreme Court justice, the launch of MTV and so, so, so much spandex. In celebration of Pat Collins' 30 years at NBC4, here's a look at what life was like in 1986.
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In celebration of Pat Collins' 30 years at NBC4, here's a look at what life was like in 1986.
The transit system was in healthier shape in 1986 as it celebrated its 10th anniversary and the opening of four new stations along the Orange Line: East and West Falls Church, Dunn Loring and Vienna.
Head coach Joe Gibbs led the 1986 Redskins to the NFC championship where the team lost to the New York Giants, 17-0. A year later, the Redskins would be crowned Super Bowl XXII champs. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Barry won his third term as mayor, defeating Republican candidate Carol Schwartz. (Photo by Dudley M. Brooks/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1986-01-17/local/me-547_1_human-chain" target=blank>The massive charity event</a> set out to raise money and draw attention to hunger and homelessness by having people, including several prominent celebrities, form a 4,125-mile human chain that stretched from coast to coast. Fight hunger while holding hands with Michael Jackson and Kenny Rogers? Sounds legit ... but the much-hyped plan fell well short of its $50 million goal. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
Now he investigates crimes on "NCIS." (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
In all fairness, he probably still could knock you out today. But in 1986, a then-20-year-old Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion after pummeling 33-year-old Trevor Berbick. (AFP/Getty Images)
People felt "the need for speed," shirtless volleyball and Tom Cruise playing said shirtless volleyball in "Top Gun." The action movie took flight and became the highest-grossing film of the year. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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The Adidas-clad rap group's triple-platinum album crossed over to the mainstream and birthed huge hits "It's Tricky," "You Be Illin'" and, of course, "My Adidas." Run DMC even broke through white rock radio with "Walk This Way," a monster collaboration with Aerosmith that joined rock and rap in music matrimony. Not a bad year for the three guys from Hollis, Queens. (Photo by Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
The horrific tragedy happened <a href="http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Challenger-Space-Shuttle-Disaster-Explosion-NASA-30-Year-Anniversary-366840001.html" target=blank>just seconds after launch on Jan. 28, 1986</a>. Among the seven crew members killed was schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. She was going to become the first teacher in space.
Centennial celebrations were held in New York Harbor to mark the Statue of Liberty's 100th birthday.
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"The Golden Girls," "Cheers" and "The Cosby Show" were top NBC sitcoms, while "Dallas" tried to convince viewers Bobby Ewing's death was all a dream. (Photo by Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank)
On April 18, 1986, the music icon held the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with the smooch-tastic single "Kiss," as well as "Manic Monday," a song he penned for the Bangles. For someone who never had a 9-to-5, Prince perfectly captured the start of the workweek blues for generations to come. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke bought the club that was then located at 930 F St. NW in downtown Washington.
The biggest of those scandals was the Iran-Contra affair, in which the president's staff illegally sold arms to Iran in exchange for the release of Americans held hostage in Lebanon. (Photo Courtesy of the White House/Getty Images)
The classic John Hughes film was a hit among teens, along with "Pretty in Pink," which starred Brat Pack queen Molly Ringwald. Hughes solidified his role as the voice of '80s teen cinema, also cranking out "St. Elmo's Fire," "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" by the decade's end. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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"The Oprah Winfrey Show" premiered in syndication in 1986, and the talk show host was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "The Color Purple." (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
So that's what happened the year Pat Collins joined us... and we haven't been the same since!