Sunday, June 12, 2011

On June 12

On this day in ...
... 1987, speaking to a crowd of 20,000 persons at the Brandenburg Gate, in view of the then-26-year-old Berlin Wall that separated the city's West-Germany-governed portion from its Soviet-bloc eastern part (prior posts here, here, and here), U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged the reform-minded Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev:

'There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
'Secretary General Gorbachev, if you seek peace -- if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe -- if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.'
(photo credit) The wall would fall in 1989.

(Prior June 12 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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