1. The Berlin Wall was more than 140 kilometres (87 mi) long.
  2. Around 5,000 people attempted to escape 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 tank drove it through the Berlin Wall to escape.
  4. The last person who died at the Berlin Wall attempted to escape in a hot air balloon but fell to his death.
  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.
  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.
  7. Usain Bolt owns a 3-ton segment of the Berlin Wall.
  8. There is a section of the Berlin Wall in the men's bathroom of the Main Street Station casino in Las Vegas.
  9. In 1989, Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Mikhail Gorbachev to keep the Berlin Wall up.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  15. Inside the Berlin Wall ended up the ironically-named the Church of Reconciliation. GDR authorities ordered the church to be dynamited in 1985.
  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.
  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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