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Let Freedom Ring

Hollie Newton • Aug 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM

50 years ago, 1963: Singing, sign-carrying civil rights proponents marched in Washington D.C. in a mass call for Congress to bar racial discrimination up and down the fabric of American life. Over 250,000 Americans participated in the march which culminated in a speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

25 years ago, 1988: Ohio Edison said demand for electricity to fend off oppressive heat hit an all-time record of 305,000 kilowatts in one hour - an output the electric company did not expect to reach until the year 2004.

10 years ago, 2003: Violent and property crimes dipped in 2002 to their lowest levels since records started being compiled in 1973, and had dropped more than 50 percent in the last decade.

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