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The last Labor Day parade, 1975

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Chester Tippers, left, stops during the 1975 Labor Day parade to chat with Joshua Hershberg, 2. The parade was held despite the rain, which limited viewers. (Ralph Robinson, Baltimore Sun Photo, 1975)

These days, Americans tend to celebrate national holidays by complaining about how they’re not properly celebrated. Labor Day is no exception.

But if hectoring one another about the true meaning of Labor Day is less shrill than it is about other holidays — at least in Baltimore — it might be because it’s been a good, long while since the holiday was observed with anything resembling enthusiasm.

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The Sun Front Page: August 28, 1984

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The Sun Front Page: August 28, 1984

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This Day in History: Aug. 28

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In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to 200,000 people at a peaceful civil rights rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AFP/Getty Images)

1609: English navigator Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.

1833: England’s Parliament banned slavery in the British empire.

1981: John Hinckley Jr. pleaded not guilty to charges he had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan five months earlier.

1996: The troubled 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended officially with the issuance of a divorce decree.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

All’s fair in politicking at the Maryland State Fair

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Competing presidential campaigns at the 1968 Maryland State Fair. (William L. LaForce, Baltimore Sun photo, 1968)

The Maryland State Fair has been going strong for well over a century. But there’s at least one Free State tradition that goes back even further: Politicking.

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Even in 1937, North and Charles was a busy intersection

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Workers are renovating the old Centre Theatre this summer at 10 E. North Ave. In 1937, when this photo was taken, the theater did not exist. North Avenue was a busy crosstown route traversed by the No. 13 Walbrook-bound Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar, shown in the foreground. In the distance, another streetcar, the No. 1, swings eastward and will later traverse the Guilford Avenue elevated. The tower of the Seventh Baptist Church is visible, as is the old Polytechnic Institute, now the city school headquarters.

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