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Reagan and Gorbachev Tearing Down Walls

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990

Thirty years ago on this day, June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall. Gorbachev was photographed by Karsh in May, 1990, six months after Gorbachev did just that. Reagan served two terms ending in 1989; Gorbachev would retire from his post the following year.

Reagan was photographed on three occasions: as governor, president-elect, and president.
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