133c07_1989Timeline

133c07_1989Timeline - UCSB Hist 133C, Spring 2007: Germany...

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UCSB Hist 133C, Spring 2007: Germany since 1945 Prof. Marcuse Events leading up to the "Turn" ( Wende ) in East Germany 1971 3 May Erich Honecker (b. 1912) succeeds Walter Ulbricht (b. 1893) as First Secretary of the SED 1978 March Honecker recognizes the Lutheran Church of East Germany as an independent organization 1985 11 Mar. Election of Gorbachev as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1986 8 June: [for example:] GDR parliamentary elections: 99.74% turnout, 99.94% for National Front parties. 1987 7 June: GDR police clash with youths wanting to hear rock concert near wall 9 June: 3000 demonstrate in E. Berlin for demolition of wall, in support of Gorbachev. 12 June: Ronald Reagan speaks at the Berlin Wall: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" 7 Sept: Honecker in West Germany, agreement to promote exchange of experts 12 Oct: broad amnesty in E. Germany: 24,612 prisoners released; 1 Nov. easing of import restrictions 1988 17 Jan: 100 arrested during official commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's murders; members of E. Berlin Church of Zion protest restrictions on speech and travel. Nov: Sputnik , popular Soviet news magazine, banned in GDR 1989 15 Jan: 80 arrested at demonstration during Lux-Lieb. anniversary commemoration. RL 1918:" Freedom is always the freedom of those with dissenting opinions ." vs. GDR: "Freedom is the insight into necessity" 2 May: Hungary begins demolition of fences at Austrian border 17 May: 98.85% reported voting for National Front candidates at local elections. Widespread allegations of fraud by opposition and church leaders monitoring elections. 5 June: Neues Deutschland (SED newspaper) defends 3 June massacre at Tiananmen Square in China 15 July: First reports of GDR citizens taking refuge in West German embassies in Budapest, Prague, E. Berlin 13 Aug: W. German embassy in Budapest closed (181 sought sanctuary there)(130 émigrés in E. Berlin, 8 Aug.) 19 Aug:
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