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Why were people cheering and dancing and drinking champagne atop the Berlin Wall on the evening of Nov. 9, 1989?

Because the ugly concrete and barbed-wire barrier that had divided Berlin for more than 28 years was at last open. Thousands of East Berliners -- and then hundreds of thousands -- surged into West Berlin.

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of communism in East Germany and by the end of the year all of East Europe.

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