Former President Reagan's Speech at the Berlin Wall
Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2004; 11:52 AM

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered one of the most famous speeches of his presidency. At the height of the Cold War, Reagan addressed the people of West Berlin next to the barrier that separated them from the communist portion of the city. During the speech, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

January 20, 1981: Former President Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the nation's 40th president.
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June 6, 1984: Former President Ronald Reagan stood at the beaches of Normandy to honor the 40th anniversary of D-Day.
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January 11, 1989: Former President Ronald Reagan addressed the American public from the Oval Office for the last time.
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