1. The Berlin Wall was more than 140 kilometres (87 mi) long.
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  2. Around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Berlin Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200.
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  3. In 1963, an East German soldier stole a tank drove it through the Berlin Wall to escape.
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  4. The last person who died at the Berlin Wall attempted to escape in a hot air balloon but fell to his death.
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  5. The Berlin Wall was torn down by mistakenly-empowered citizens after an East German spokesman misspoke at a press conference and mentioned immediate border crossing privileges for every citizen.
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  6. David Bowie performed at the Berlin Wall in 1987 while East Germans gathered to listen behind. You could hear them cheering and singing along from the other side.
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  7. Usain Bolt owns a 3-ton segment of the Berlin Wall.
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  8. There is a section of the Berlin Wall in the men's bathroom of the Main Street Station casino in Las Vegas.
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  9. In 1989, Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Mikhail Gorbachev to keep the Berlin Wall up.
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  10. The 9th of November is a significant day in Germany. In 1918, Germany became a republic. In 1923, the Bier Hall Putsch in Munich. In 1938, Kristallnacht. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell.
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  11. The Berlin Wall's actual demolition did not happen in 1989. It began in the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992.
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  12. Before the Berlin Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans defected from their country.
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  13. On 15 August 1961, Conrad Schumann was the first East German border guard to escape by jumping the barbed wire to West Berlin.
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  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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  15. Inside the Berlin Wall ended up the ironically-named the Church of Reconciliation. GDR authorities ordered the church to be dynamited in 1985.
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  16. A Swedish woman "married" the Berlin Wall in front of a few guests in 1979. She was devastated when most of it was torn down in 1989.
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  17. In 1964, 57 people escaped from under the noses of East German border guards, through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
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