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Story by Mark Wilson and Anne Erickson

WRIF first started broadcasting true rock ‘n’ roll to the Motor City on On Feb. 14, 1971, and we’ve never looked back!

It’s been an honor to rock with you for the past 50 years, and we look forward to the next 50.

Let’s look back on these important events and milestones in Detroit and around the world in the year 1986!

  • Michigan celebrated its sesquicentennial of statehood in January of 1986.

  • On July 31, the Detroit People Mover started its operations.

  • August of 1986 brought a tragedy, as Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed on takeoff from Detroit and killed 154 of 155 persons on the flight and two people on the ground. Cecilia Cichan, a child, was the sole survivor.

  • On September 18 and 19, Pope John Paul II visited the Motor City. He appeared in Hamtramck and Hart Plaza and did a mass at the Pontiac Silverdome.

  • The 1987 Grammy for Record of the Year went to Russ Titelman (producer) and Steve Winwood (producer and artist) for “Higher Love.”

  • The 1987 Grammy for Album of the Year went to Paul Simon (producer and artist) for Graceland.

  • Some of the most popular toys from 1987 included Hot Looks Doll, Fisher Price Soccer, Spectra Dolls and Karate Kid Action Figures.

  • Famous birthdays in 1987 included Hillary Duff on Sept. 28, Michael B. Jordan on Feb. 9 and Kesha on March 1.

  • Popular movies from 1987 included “Three Men and a Baby,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Moonstruck.”

  • Some of the top-selling automobiles of 1987 were the Ford Escort, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Cavalier.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!