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Help Us Pick Washington’s Biggest Moments of the Last 50 Years

What were Washington’s biggest moments of the past half-century? For Washingtonian’s 50th anniversary this fall, we’re ranking the 50 crucial moments that shaped our region. And we need readers’ help.

We want our list to be as comprehensive and diverse as possible. We all know the obvious ones—the opening of the Metro changed how we get around, the riots of 1968 scorched a swath of the city, and Watergate wasn’t just a national story: It ushered in legal changes that reshaped the work life of thousands of people employed in our region’s leading industry. So: What are we missing? What has transformed the way we live, work, play, and experience the place we call home? Send along your suggestions to—or drop them in the comments thread below, where you can also share your take on what others think. No idea is too small: We know that Super Bowl championships can unify cities in ways politicians only dream of, and the openings of individual theaters and small businesses can catalyze neighborhood development as much as pricey economic plans. Let us know your thoughts—and then check our October issue for the results.

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