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Mikhail Gorbachev & President Ronald Reagan

On June 12, 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to tear down the wall. Reagan said, "Secretary General 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."

29 months later, Gorbachev allowed Berliners to destroy the wall. On September 12, 1990, former President Reagan took a few symbolic hammer swings of the remnant Berlin Wall.

Gorbachev, who had been in office since 1985, stepped down from his post as Soviet leader in 1991. Reagan, who served two terms as president, from 1981 to 1989, died on June 5, 2004, at age 93.
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I was raised during the Gorbachev / President Reagan years. What a scary time!
Jun 12, 2012 11:37 am reply
Photo taken at Washington, District of Columbia USA
Mikhail Gorbachev & President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan

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Born: Feb 6, 1911
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: Ronald Wilson Reagan at 76 years old  ·  Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev at 56 years old