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October 3, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A country danced at its own funeral Tuesday. The last day of East Germany was ironic that way, as unpredictable as the weather itself. One moment, the city would be shrouded in a chilly white fog. Then sunlight would pour pure and golden through the autumn trees. Fog would then descend again. The final scenes of a divided Germany were often surreal at first glance--like the East German policeman waving cars away from a West Berlin border crossing.
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October 3, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A country danced at its own funeral Tuesday. The last day of East Germany was ironic that way, as unpredictable as the weather itself. One moment, the city would be shrouded in a chilly white fog. Then sunlight would pour pure and golden through the autumn trees. Fog would then descend again. The final scenes of a divided Germany were often surreal at first glance--like the East German policeman waving cars away from a West Berlin border crossing.
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SPORTS
July 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
West Germans shouted, "Deutschland! Deutschland!" honked horns and set off fireworks Sunday night, minutes after their team's World Cup soccer victory at Rome. East Germans also joined the wild night of partying. The 1-0 victory over defending champion Argentina on a penalty kick by Andreas Brehme with six minutes remaining touched off a night of celebration. Hundreds popped champagne corks and trampled bottles, leaving many downtown areas littered with glass.
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald Reagan took a chisel to a remnant of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday and strolled into formerly Communist East Berlin on a visit heavy with symbolism, drawing tears and shouts of "Thank you!" for his role in liberating the East. The former President and his wife, Nancy, were cheered by thousands as they traced the scarred path left by the wall, a hated symbol of East-West confrontation that is fast disappearing as Germany reunites and Europe recovers from 40 years of division.
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March 19, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there was any one symbol for East Germans as they voted in their first free elections, it was the flag. Freedom, hope, peace--the simple banner seemed to somehow capture the complex feelings that have overwhelmed these people since the Berlin Wall cracked last Nov. 9. On Sunday, the flag was everywhere. It brightened the sooty windows of high-rises in Karl-Marx-Stadt. It waved in front of decrepit, cold-water flats in East Berlin.
NEWS
January 1, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of East and West Germans clambered over the Berlin Wall on Sunday in wild New Year's celebrations marking the new political freedom in East Germany. Fireworks exploded and champagne corks popped. Hundreds of souvenir hunters with hammers and chisels chipped away at the 28-year-old symbol of the Cold War that was finally opened in November.
NEWS
October 4, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
About 11,000 East Germans, in hurried flight from their homeland, were set Tuesday night to board trains for a new life in West Germany. But the special trains, to come from East Germany, did not arrive in Prague, and the crowds faced another night in the streets and encamped in the muddy backyard of the West German Embassy here.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely five months after the first political decision was made, the two Germanys today implemented a monetary union, marking the first giant step toward full unification. The currency union constitutes one of the most significant, unusual economic experiments of the post-World War II era. Literally overnight, it made the West German deutschemark, one of the West's premier currencies, the currency of the centrally planned, former Communist country, East Germany.
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January 2, 1990 | From Reuters
The wild New Year's celebrations at the Berlin Wall turned sour when a giant video screen collapsed onto a crowd early Monday morning, injuring more than 100 people. Police also said they found a 24-year-old West German dead along East Berlin's Unter den Linden avenue, but his death did not appear to be connected with the collapse. A total of 300 people were injured in holiday revelry, 80 of them taken to hospitals in East and West Berlin with cuts, broken bones and head wounds, police said.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
All borders disappeared between the two Germanys and a single Berlin re-emerged Sunday as the curtain rose on the final act of unification. Hundreds of thousands of East Germans lined up at banks to withdraw their first fistfuls of deutschemarks after the state treaty merging the two nation's economic, social and monetary systems went into effect at the stroke of midnight.
SPORTS
July 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
West Germans shouted, "Deutschland! Deutschland!" honked horns and set off fireworks Sunday night, minutes after their team's World Cup soccer victory at Rome. East Germans also joined the wild night of partying. The 1-0 victory over defending champion Argentina on a penalty kick by Andreas Brehme with six minutes remaining touched off a night of celebration. Hundreds popped champagne corks and trampled bottles, leaving many downtown areas littered with glass.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
All borders disappeared between the two Germanys and a single Berlin re-emerged Sunday as the curtain rose on the final act of unification. Hundreds of thousands of East Germans lined up at banks to withdraw their first fistfuls of deutschemarks after the state treaty merging the two nation's economic, social and monetary systems went into effect at the stroke of midnight.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely five months after the first political decision was made, the two Germanys today implemented a monetary union, marking the first giant step toward full unification. The currency union constitutes one of the most significant, unusual economic experiments of the post-World War II era. Literally overnight, it made the West German deutschemark, one of the West's premier currencies, the currency of the centrally planned, former Communist country, East Germany.
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there was any one symbol for East Germans as they voted in their first free elections, it was the flag. Freedom, hope, peace--the simple banner seemed to somehow capture the complex feelings that have overwhelmed these people since the Berlin Wall cracked last Nov. 9. On Sunday, the flag was everywhere. It brightened the sooty windows of high-rises in Karl-Marx-Stadt. It waved in front of decrepit, cold-water flats in East Berlin.
NEWS
January 2, 1990 | From Reuters
The wild New Year's celebrations at the Berlin Wall turned sour when a giant video screen collapsed onto a crowd early Monday morning, injuring more than 100 people. Police also said they found a 24-year-old West German dead along East Berlin's Unter den Linden avenue, but his death did not appear to be connected with the collapse. A total of 300 people were injured in holiday revelry, 80 of them taken to hospitals in East and West Berlin with cuts, broken bones and head wounds, police said.
NEWS
January 1, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of East and West Germans clambered over the Berlin Wall on Sunday in wild New Year's celebrations marking the new political freedom in East Germany. Fireworks exploded and champagne corks popped. Hundreds of souvenir hunters with hammers and chisels chipped away at the 28-year-old symbol of the Cold War that was finally opened in November.
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald Reagan took a chisel to a remnant of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday and strolled into formerly Communist East Berlin on a visit heavy with symbolism, drawing tears and shouts of "Thank you!" for his role in liberating the East. The former President and his wife, Nancy, were cheered by thousands as they traced the scarred path left by the wall, a hated symbol of East-West confrontation that is fast disappearing as Germany reunites and Europe recovers from 40 years of division.
NEWS
April 14, 1987 | Associated Press
Erich Honecker rejected an invitation Monday to become the first Communist East German leader to visit West Berlin. The official East German press agency ADN, in a brief report, said Honecker decided not to accept the invitation from West Berlin Mayor Eberhard Diepgen to attend April 30 ceremonies marking Berlin's 750th anniversary. Explaining Honecker's refusal, the agency cited statements by Diepgen last year objecting to East Germany's claims on East Berlin.
NEWS
October 4, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
About 11,000 East Germans, in hurried flight from their homeland, were set Tuesday night to board trains for a new life in West Germany. But the special trains, to come from East Germany, did not arrive in Prague, and the crowds faced another night in the streets and encamped in the muddy backyard of the West German Embassy here.
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