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Kid of the 80s

On January 13, 1982, a Boeing 737-200, crashed into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River just two miles from the White House.


Air Florida Flight 90 was a scheduled U.S. domestic passenger flight from Washington National Airport to Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport with an intermediate stopover at Tampa International Airport. The aircraft struck the 14th Street Bridge, which carries Interstate 395 between Washington, D.C. and Arlington County, Virginia. It crushed seven occupied vehicles on the bridge and destroyed 97 feet of guard rail before it plunged through the ice into the Potomac River.

The aircraft was carrying 74 passengers and five crew members. Four passengers and one flight attendant survived and were rescued from the crash. Another passenger, Arland D. Williams, Jr., assisted in the rescue of the survivors but drowned before he himself could be rescued. Four motorists on the bridge were killed. The survivors were rescued from the icy river by civilians and professionals.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the cause of the accident was pilot error. The pilots failed to switch on the engines’ internal ice protection systems, used reverse thrust in a snowstorm prior to takeoff, tried to use the jet exhaust of a plane in front of them to melt their own ice, and failed to abort the takeoff even after detecting a power problem while taxiing and visually identifying ice and snow buildup on the wings.

Kid of the 80s


On October 19, 1987, we saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lose almost 22% in a single day. That event marked the beginning of a global stock market decline, making Black Monday one of the most notorious days in recent financial history.

The Black Monday decline was, and currently remains, the largest one-day percentage decline in the DJIA.

Kid of the 80s


Clint Eastwood appeared in a PSA in the mid-80s encouraging viewers to stay away from crack cocaine. Around this same time, he was elected Mayor of Carmel, California.

During his two-year term, Eastwood supported small business interests while advocating environmental protection and constructing a library annex, along with public restrooms, beach walkways, and a tourists’ parking lot.

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In July of 1985, Playboy and Penthouse magazines published a number of nude photos of Madonna, taken in New York in 1978.

Madonna had posed for the photographs as she needed money at the time and was paid as little as $25 a session. The publication of the photos caused a media uproar, but Madonna remained defiant and unapologetic. The photographs were ultimately sold for up to $100,000.

Madonna referred to the whole experience at the July 13, 1985 outdoor Live Aid charity concert saying that she was “not taking shit off today [because the media] might hold it against me ten years from now.”

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Prozac was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of major depressive disorder in December 1987.

Fluoxetine (the generic name for Prozac) appeared on the Belgian market in 1986. Eli Lilly began marketing Prozac in January 1988, and annual sales in the U.S. reached $350 million within a year.