The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked a momentous turning point in world history, symbolizing the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. This concrete barrier, which had physically and ideologically divided East and West Berlin since 1961, fell on November 9, 1989, following a series of peaceful protests and a miscommunication among East German officials.
In response to the Soviet Union’s siege of West Berlin, the spectacular Berlin Airlift occurred in 1948 and 1949. After WWII, the Allies partitioned Berlin, with the western half being under the control of the Western Allies. The Soviets attempted to win control by cutting off supplies to West Berlin by blocking off land routes into the city.