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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – May 8th

Berlin Wall is built, August 13, 1961

The Soviet Union erects an 87-mile-long wall through the heart of Berlin, Germany. The wall separates the Soviet-controlled sector from the rest of the city, which is controlled by the Western Allies. The barrier is not meant to keep people out, but to imprison the citizens of Communist East Germany. The wall is in two sections, separated by 180 meters of open ground. The space was mined, contained trip-wired machine guns, and was patrolled by guard dogs. Watch towers overlooked this no-man’s-land, and East German soldiers shot on sight anyone trying to escape to West Berlin.