On this day: November 9

Published On: Nov 08 2012 09:01:03 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 09 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Pilgrims on the Mayflower spot land, Jack the Ripper kills for the last time, the PGA integrates, Rolling Stone magazine debuts, and the Berlin Wall begins to fall, all on this day.

OTD November 9 - Berlin Wall
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Senate of Berlin/Wikimedia Commons

1989: Communist-controlled East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Germany for the first time since 1961. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. This key event would lead to the eventual reunification of East and West Germany, and fall of communism in eastern Europe including Russia.


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