History Made!

No one alive on November 9, 1989 will likely ever forget the day the Berlin Wall came down. It marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War and many consider it the most momentous event of the second-half of the 20th century. It is not a stretch to say our lives would never be the same once the wall came down and the last quarter century have validated that fact.

The opening of the Berlin Wall, 25 years ago this Sunday, marked a surprisingly joyous end to a conflict that could have erupted into thermonuclear combat. In the decades since, many Americans have come to believe that the wall fell thanks to President Ronald Reagan’s direct, personal intervention. In a 1987 speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in a divided Berlin, he told Soviet leaders to “tear down this wall” — and so, we’ve been told, they did.

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