The Berlin Wall has now been gone one day longer than it stood
Today that wall has been gone one day longer than it stood. The 155km, 3.6-metre-high concrete and barbed wire divider separated East and Western Berlin from August 1961 to November 1989. Along its length were more than 300 watchtowers and 20 bunkers, thousands of soldiers, guard dogs, alarms, ditches to trap vehicles, and a no man's land that varied in width from about 300 metres to the width of a street. Despite these preventative measures, many attempted to cross the wall. Exact numbers are uncertain but it is understood about 5,000 people crossed the wall successfully and more than 130 died in the attempt.