Six Of The Most Famous Words Of The 20th Century
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The date was June 12, 1987.
The President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, was traveling abroad. He was in Europe, speaking to various leaders in countries throughout that continent.
History doesn’t remember well all the stops the President made on that trip, it doesn’t recall well the President’s and Prime Minister’s he spoke with.
But history remembers vividly that date, June 12, 1987 and a speech the President gave.
He stood before thousands of West German citizens that day, common people. Probably farmers and bakers, shop owners and factory workers.
And he stood before the most infamous Wall in the world, at the Brandenburg Gate.
That gate, of course, was closed, locked, guarded.
And then, the President spoke six words that echoed and reverberated around the world.
‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’