Monday, August 7, 2017

This Day in 1989: November 9, 1989, Deng Xiaoping Retires, Berlin Wall Collapses

On November 9, 1989, Deng Xiaoping announced that he was resigning from the post of Chairman of Central Military Committee. He would be officially "retired" as this was his last official post. Jiang Zemin succeeded him as the Chairman, with Yang Shangkun being the First Vice Chairman.

On the same day, the East German government finally gave in to the pressure of her own people and abandoned restrictions for their citizens to visit the west world, leading to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

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