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On November ninth, 1989, communist
East Germany threw open its borders, allowing
citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans
danced atop the Berlin Wall.
On this date:
In 1872, fire destroyed nearly a thousand
buildings in Boston.
In 1918, Germany's
Kaiser Wilhelm the Second announced he would
abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.
In 1935, United
Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other
labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial
In 1938, Nazis
looted and burned synagogues as well as
Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and
Austria in what became known as
author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age
In 1963, twin
disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were
killed in a coal-dust explosion, and 160 people
died in a train crash.
In 1965, the great
Northeast blackout occurred as several states and
parts of Canada were hit by a series of power
failures lasting up to 13 and a-half hours.
In 1970, former
French president Charles De Gaulle died at age
In 1976, the UN
General Assembly approved ten resolutions
condemning apartheid in South Africa, including
one characterizing the white-ruled government as
In 1988, former
Attorney General John N. Mitchell, a major figure
in the Watergate scandal, died in Washington at
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a
historic non-aggression treaty with Germany,
winning praise from German leaders in Bonn for
his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
Five years ago: In
a pair of telephone interviews, O.J. Simpson told
Associated Press reporter Linda Deutsch that
people have supported rather than shunned him
since his acquittal, and that he has learned that
fame and wealth are illusions: "The only
thing that endures is character."
One year ago: With
fireworks, concerts and a huge party at the
landmark Brandenburg Gate, Germany celebrated the
tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990
was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean and shipped
to a National Transportation Safety Board
laboratory in Washington.
"All life is an
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., US Supreme Court