Today in History
August 13, 1961
Another Brick in the Wall
The East German army begins building the Berlin Wall in an attempt to keep the inhabitants of Soviet-controlled East Berlin from leaving for West Germany. With Germany's division after World War II, Berlin had been sectioned between the western allies and the Soviet Union. After rebellions in East Berlin in the 1950s, the East Germans, with Soviet backing, begin the wall, which will extend 28 miles through the city and 75 miles around West Berlin. A Cold War symbol, the wall does not come down until 1989.
Today's Feature History Article
Architect Daniel Libeskind's zinc lightning bolt of a building is one of the most revolutionary structures built since the war in Germany or anywhere.
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