14 Facts about The Berlin Wall Berlin Wall Facts

  1. The Berlin Wall was more than 140 kilometres (87 mi) long.
  2. Around 5,000 people attempted toescape over the Berlin Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200.
  3. In 1963, an East German soldier stole a tankdrove it through theBerlin Wall to escape.
  4. The last person who died at theBerlin Wall attempted to escape in ahot air balloon but fell to his death.
  5. The Berlin Wall was torn down bymistakenly-empowered citizens after an East German spokesman misspoke at a press conference and mentioned immediate border crossing privileges for every citizen.
  6. David Bowie performed at the Berlin Wall in 1987 while East Germansgathered to listen behind. You could hear them cheering and singing along from the other side.
  7. Usain Bolt owns a 3-ton segment of the Berlin Wall.
  8. There is a section of theBerlin Wall in the men’sbathroom of the Main Street Station casino in Las Vegas.
  9. In 1989, Margaret Thatcher pleadedwith Mikhail Gorbachev to keep theBerlin Wall up.
  10. The 9th of November is a significant day inGermany. In 1918, Germany became arepublic. In 1923, the Bier Hall Putsch in Munich. In 1938, Kristallnacht. In 1989, theBerlin Wall fell.
  11. The Berlin Wall’s actual demolition did not happen in 1989. It began in the summer of 1990 and was notcompleted until 1992.
  12. Before the Berlin Wall’s erection, 3.5 million East Germans defected from their country.
  13. On 15 August 1961, Conrad Schumann was the first East German border guard to escape by jumping the barbed wire to West Berlin.
  14. The East German government claimed that the Berlin Wall was an “anti-fascist protective rampart” intended to dissuade aggression from the West, but it was mostly to prevent their citizens from fleeing to West Berlin
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