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On May 12, 1949, an early crisis of the Cold War comes to an end when the Soviet Union lifts its 11-month blockade against West Berlin. The blockade had been broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of vital supplies to West Berlin's two million citizens.

During the Berlin Airlift, the U.S. military delivered supplies to citizens of Soviet-blockaded West Berlin. U.S. Air Force photo

Wolfgang Engels was an East German soldier that rammed a tank into the Berlin wall in April 1963 to escape to West Germany. He was shot twice before he was pulled to safety by West Berliners.

West German girls chat with their grandparents in East Germany, separated from them by an early version of the Berlin Wall.

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A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one-year-old. (Helmuth Pirath)

In 1962 an East German border guard tosses a ball back over the Berlin Wall after a West German child mistaken threw it over.

Soviet soldier carrying the head of a statue of Hitler, Berlin 1945. Photograph by Soviet war photographer Yevgeny Khaldei.

Robert Todd Lincoln c. 1865, first son of Abraham and Mary Todd, lawyer, and future Secretary of War.

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Jesse Owens, 1936 Olympics