Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On This Day In History

On June 12, 1987 President Ronald Reagan made a speech in Germany telling Gorbachev to "Tear down this wall".  The wall being the Berlin Wall which violently divided Germany into two parts; East and West Germany . 

Two years later on November 9, 1989 at 06:53 pm a member of the new East German government was asked at a press conference when the new East German travel law comes into force.  He answered:  "Well, as far as I can see, ...straightaway, immediately."  Thousands of East Berliners went to the border crossings.  At Bornholmer Strasse the people demanded to open the border and at 10:30 pm the border was opened.  That moment meant the end of the Berlin Wall.  Soon other border crossing points opened the gates to the West.  In that night the deadly border was opened by East Germans peacefully.

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