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 On this date in 1987, President Ronald Reagan did just that, in 88 words, he changed the world, brought the beginning of the end of the cold war and the fall of the USSR.

Reagan at Brandenburg Gate

Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall became known as a symbol of communism.

His challenge to the Soviet Leader:

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Words can make a difference!

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