On the 25th anniversary of The Washington Post Magazine, we look back at some of the top 25 moments that changed Washington the most.
June 17, 1986Len Bias wears a Boston Celtics hat after being selected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft in New York. Two days later, on June 19, Bias died after a cocaine overdose in a Maryland dormitory room during a party to celebrate his success. Bias's death changed the way the nation perceived cocaine, shattered the Celtics' dream of remaining among the NBA's elite and sent the Maryland athletic program into a tailspin that lasted nearly a decade. When he completed his extraordinary basketball career at the University of Maryland, the only question surrounding Len Bias was whether he would dominate the NBA in the same fashion he ruled the Atlantic Coast Conference. Twenty years later, many still wonder.AP/AP