October 7 in History

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, left, embraces Erich Honecker, East German President and hardline chairman of Communist Party (SED), during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic's creation in East Berlin, 7th October 1989. Gorbachev advised Honecker to heed the 'impulses' of the times. Honecker, the leader of East Germany for 18 years, was ousted 18 October 1989 by his own party, which was confronting its greatest crisis since taking power 40 years earlier. Honecker paid the price for repudiating reforms in the face of a mounting tide of protest and continuing haemorrhage of East Germans to the West. (Photo by AFP/DPA/Getty Images)
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