Day In History

Discover the global events and personal stories of June 12

June 12, 1987

Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech

The Cold War may have began the day the Second World War ended, but its greatest battle did not start until the morning of August 13, 1961, when Berliners from both the Western and Soviet sectors awoke to find their city divided by a barbed wire barrier – soon to become a concrete wall 16 feet high and some 96 miles long – which, for the next 28 years would virtually imprison those unlucky enough to be on the Eastern side of the divide.



January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December