12 September : The London conference sets out the future Four Power Status of Greater
2 May : Berlin surrenders to the Soviets.
20 October : Free elections in Berlin, the first since 1932 and last until 1990.
24 June : Ernst Reuters election as mayor of Berlin invalidated by the Soviets.
24 June : Start of the Berlin blockade.
25 June : Start of the Berlin airlift.
30 November : Administrative and political division of Berlin. Friedrich Ebert
elected mayor of East Berlin, and Ernst Reuter mayor of West Berlin.
8 May : Creation of West Germany.
12 May : End of the Berlin blockade.
7 October : Proclamation of East Germany, and East Berlin becomes its capital.
27 May : Telephone communications between West Berlin and East Germany interrupted.
16-17 June : Riots in East Berlin and East Germany.
3 October : Willy Brandt Mayor of West Berlin until 1966.
27 November : Soviet ultimatum on Berlin.
13 August : The East-West Berlin border completed.
17 August : The western Allies protest against the violation of the Four Power Status
19 August : The Walls first victim, after a fall.
19-21 August : US Vice-President Johnson visits Berlin with General Clay.
24 August : First fugitive shot.
25 October : Confrontation between American and Soviet tanks at Checkpoint Charlie.
17 August : Peter Fechter dies at the foot of the Wall.
26 June : President Kennedys " Ich bin ein Berliner "
speech in West Berlin.
17 December : First agreement on passes.
3-5 October : Spectacular escape of 57 East Berliners through a tunnel dug out under
31 January : Telephone communications restored between the two Berlins.
3 September : Quadripartite Agreement on Berlin signed.
12 June : As part of festivities marking the citys 750th
anniversary, US President Ronald Reagan asks Gorbachev to " tear down this
6 February : Chris Gueffroy the last fugitive to be shot.
2 May : Hungary announces the gradual dismantling of the " iron
curtain " along her border with Austria.
11 September : Over 10 000 East German refugees in Hungary arrive in West Germany.
11 September : Creation of Neue Forum in East Berlin.
7 October : 40th anniversary of East Germany. Gorbachev in East Berlin to
meet Erich Honecker, who makes his final public appearance. Demonstrations are brutally
18 October : Erich Honecker replaced by Egon Krenz as East German leader.
4 November : A million East Germans demonstrate in the Alexanderplatz, East
Germanys biggest ever rally.
9 November : Borders between the two Berlins and the two Germanies opened. East
Germans are free to travel.
10 November : Free elections in East Germany announced for 1990.
12 November : Potsdam Square reopened in the presence of the two mayors of Berlin.
28 November : Chancellor Kohls 10 point plan for a German confederation.
22 December : The Brandenburg Gate reopened.
18 March : First free elections in East Germany.
6 May : First free local council elections in East Berlin.
13 June : Start of systematic demolition of the Wall.
22 June : In the presence of the foreign ministers of the four former occupying
powers, Checkpoint Charlie is removed.
1 July : Monetary union between East and West Germany. The two mayors of Berlin
reopen 8 underground train stations that had been closed for 28 years.
12 September : the four former occupying powers and the two German states sign a
treaty " on a final settlement concerning Germany " in Moscow.
3 October : Reunification of the two German states.
2 December : First parliamentary elections in a united Germany.
20 June : The Bundestag decides that Berlin is the rightful capital of a united
13 November : End of demolition of the Wall.
12 November : Start of the " Honecker trial " on responsibility for
the building of the Wall.
31 August-8 September : The last Russian and western soldiers leave Berlin.
22 October: Referendum on a new Constitution for Berlin approved by 75.10 % of the
19 April: The government and parliament are transferred to Berlin.