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25 years without the Berlin Wall

Where was this photo taken? What was the woman doing? Yes, you’ve guessed it. The place was in Berlin; that was the wall that divided the city for 28 years (1961-1989) and kept Berliners apart. People could not cross the border between the East and the West parts to meet their families and friends. The woman in the picture, a Berliner, was probably trying to communicate with somebody on the other side of the wall, maybe family, o perhaps a lover. Who knows? It’s a sad image: she looks tiny compared to the the mass of concrete, iron and wire in front of her. Such a short distance between her and her beloved one but so far away from each other!

Berliners talking

Fortunately, 25 years ago the border was opened and families, friends and neighbours could cross it and reunite. Many others climbed up the hated wall and jumped to the other side to meet. That was the beginning of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a momentous time in history.


There have been lots of important moments in history, and hopefully there will be many more to come, but if you had to choose just one now, which would it be?

November 11, 2014 - Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, Reading, VIDEOS | , , ,


  1. In this picture I can see one of the most important moments in the history that is the disembarkation of Christopher Columbus in America in 1492.He thought that he was in India but actually he was in a new continent that later was named America.
    In this picture, in close up, we can see Christopher Columbus and his crew taking possesion of this territory for the Spanish Kindong.
    Columbus take a flag of Spanish Kindong and a preacher is showing a crucifix to the natives who are coming out of the jungle.
    Columbus and his crew is wearing tunics of different colours and they are taking differents flags or banners.
    Columbus is taking a sword too.
    In the background, we can see the three ships that transported Columbus and his crew from Spain to America and their names were “La Pinta”, La Niña” y “La Santa María”

    Comment by Ramón 1º de intermedio Grupo E | November 25, 2014

  2. You’ve chosen a very important moment, Ramón. The discovery of America changed the history of the world completely.

    Comment by elenec | November 26, 2014

  3. The photo shows three famous boats, and an admiral kneeling with a big flag and other marine men who have flags too.
    They discovered a lot of rich territories.
    When they discovered these landscapes, the admiral was desperate because he couldn’t find the beach.
    While the Catholic Kings were thinking about the gold of the New World, the indigenous people fell ill because they weren´t accustomed to meeting continental people.

    Comment by Maite_1ºF | November 26, 2014

  4. The Picture Shows the first flight of a machine heavier than air. On October 23,1906 Alberto Santos Dumont flew about 60 meters at a height of 2-3 with the“14 bis”, his aircraft, in the field of Bagatelli in Paris.
    Many people believe that “the Wright brothers” were the first. But Santos Dumont was the first to do the circuit with the official supervision.


    Comment by Marjane_1ºF | November 26, 2014

  5. That’s quite interesting, because most people think the Wrights were the first successful flying machine. I did.

    Comment by elenec | November 27, 2014

  6. In these photos I can see one of the most important Spanish sports. They were the Spanish rhythmic gymnastics team. These photos were taking in the Olympic Games in Atlanta 96.
    The exercise was with five hoops and they won the gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics sets.
    This happened only once in the history of sport. Now, they are known as the golden girls because they are the only ones who got it. However, this year the Spanish rhythmic gymnastics team has won a bronze medal in the World Championship.
    They look happy and somebody is crying because of the emotion of the moment.
    It’s my favourite sport but it’s a minority sport.

    Comment by Carmen_1ºF | November 27, 2014

  7. I like watching these young women dancing and manipulating all those different apparatuses, but I guess they work very,very hard to get so skillful.

    Comment by elenec | November 27, 2014

  8. It’s sad to think that the discovery of America very often brought illness and even death to the Native Americans.

    Comment by elenec | November 27, 2014

  9. This photo was taken on 11th of September in 2001. This is one of the most important tragedies in the world.
    This day two terrorist planes crashed into the twin towers in NY. There was smoke, fire and people were shouting asking for help while skyscrapers were falling down. Although firefighters went very fast, many people died or lost sons, sisters, cousins, parents…
    Nowadays we all still remember this day.

    Comment by Cheyenne 1F | November 27, 2014

  10. What is the meaning of this picture?
    George Bush was visiting a school in Saratoga; he was listening to the stories of the children, and he was answering their questions.
    At that exact moment Andy Card was reporting him. He said “ Mr. President, another plane crashed with the second tower, somebody is attacking us”
    The expression on the George Bush face changed, that moment changed the history of the people, and thousands of people lost their lives, which favoured the beginning of the Iraq war.
    The safety of the people changed, because the 9/11 (11-S in Spanish) was the first of several terrorist attack in other countries.
    So I believe that the meaning of this picture is tragic but it shows a recent historical moment.

    Comment by Enmanuel 1º Intermediate E | November 28, 2014

  11. “Girl offering a flower to the soldiers”

    In the picture we can see a young girl in front of some soldiers, she has a flower in her hand and the soldiers have weapons. This photo was taken in 1967 in a demonstration against Vietnam’s war in front of Pentagon building, Washington, during a pacific movement.
    The young girl is Jan Rose Kasmi; she was 17 and her intention was to talk to the soldiers.
    A few years later the same photographer took other picture of the same girl in a demonstration against Iraq’s war where she supported a banner with the famous photograph.

    Comment by Marta_1ºF | November 29, 2014

  12. This photo was taken in 2007 in Chile, in the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State. In there, we can see an uncomfortable moment that later became the target of a lot of jokes on the Internet. In the picture appear important politicians and important people in general, but the protagonists are the ex-Spanish king Don Juan Carlos and the ex-president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez.
    The point was that Hugo Chávez was arguing with the ex-president of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Chávez blamed Zapatero because he defended the period Aznar governed in Spain, and called him (Aznar) fascist. Don Juan Carlos couldn’t be quiet and said to Chávez: “Why don’t you shut up!?”

    Comment by Diego_1ºE | November 30, 2014

  13. That’s another historic photograph. I’ve just read what she said about facing the soldiers: “It was not a provocation. I just wanted to talk to them about love. They were not machines of war, it was just a group of men obeying orders”.

    Comment by elenec | November 30, 2014

  14. It was a ‘small’ diplomatic incident that caused much talk and controversy and the video went viral on the Internet rapidly.

    Comment by elenec | December 1, 2014

  15. In this photo you can see a man talking on TV. He was in Madrid in 1975 and he was giving a very important piece of news. But he wasn´t a journalist, he was a politician. He was dressed in black and he looked sad; in a moment he looked like he was starting to cry. When Spanish people heard him, some people were happy and other were worried, but everybody knew Spain wouldn´t be the same.

    Comment by Azucena 1ªF | December 1, 2014

  16. http://www.sodahead.com/question/4536761?link=ibaf&imgurl=http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/1/1/9/6/6/2/9/-152997427382.jpeg&q=Yes

    Most people even think: ‘The true inventor is Graham Bell!’ But, it is not correct.
    The real inventor is Antonio Meucci (Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci) He was born in Florencia in 1808 but he had a double nationality, Italian and American nationality.
    He called on the phone TELETRÓFONO but after the years it was called TELÉFONO.
    Until 2002 Antonio Meucci wasn’t recognized as the official inventor by the House of Representatives.

    Comment by DEBORAH 1ªF | December 2, 2014

  17. In this picture I can see all Ferrari F1 team. It was the year 2000 in the circuit of Suzuka in Japan. At that moment Michael had become for third time in World Champion of Formula One and for first time with the Ferrari team. This fact was very important because Ferrari hadn’t won the World Championship since the season of 1979.
    In the middle of the picture I can see the red car surrounded by the team and Michael Schumacher leaning over the front left wheel with a red cap and a white T-shirt. All the team are happy and celebrating this important achievement.

    Comment by Rodrigo | December 2, 2014

  18. This photo was taken 45 years ago. I can see a group of people. In the foreground there is a man. He was wearing spacesuit and space helmet. He was preparing to take his voyage to the Moon. A team of experts: engineers, scientists, technicians were going with him. On July 16th 1969 Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. I think it was one of the most important achievements of the last century.

    Comment by ivanna iF | December 2, 2014

  19. In the pictures we can see the rescue of some Chilean miners.
    On August 5, 2010, the collapse of the San José mine occurred in the Atacama Desert north of the capital Copiapó, in Northern Chile. There were 33 miners trapped about 720 meters underground.
    On Sunday the 22nd of July, after 17 days the miners were found alive.

    The rescue began at midnight on Wednesday, 13 October, with a duration of 48 hours.
    They managed to rescue the first miner at 00:10 am and the last miner at 05:35 am.

    It is the biggest rescue in the history of mining worldwide. All miners were brought out by Capsule Fénix.

    Comment by Vladia Correa, 1ª F | December 2, 2014

  20. This photo was taken in June this year. This event was very important for Spain. In this photography appear a couple and they have an important role in our country. In this photo the husband´s wearing a black suit and the woman is a wearing black dress and expensive jewellery. In her head she’s wearing a crown. Both are wearing a yellow sash. The sash is a control symbol. They are the new king and queen of Spain.

    Comment by Vanesa 1ºInt. F | December 2, 2014

  21. I chose that photo because despite the fact that this did not make me cry when I was a child, I felt very sad as I think we all did.
    In that photo, we can watch one of the most tragic scenes of the Lion’s King movie: the last breaths of Mufasa’s life.
    When that scene was stopped, Scar was holding Mufasa who was trying not to fall into the void and be crushed by a stampede.
    Before that scene Mufasa tried to help his son, Simba, but although he was successful and he could save him, he couldn’t climb the rock and save himself.
    Scar could have saved her brother Mufasa but he refused to do it because he wanted to be the king of The Savannah.
    Mufasa died and Simba cried a lot, Scar banished and underestimated Simba. After that, many happier things happened.
    Adrián Taboada_1ºE

    Comment by Adrián 1ºE | December 3, 2014

  22. This picture shows a big black car without roof (cabriolet) in the foreground. At that moment, next to the car, there were two policemen riding motorcycles. In the car there were four people; two of them were traveling forward and they wanted to lie on the floor. In the back of the car, a man was dead, and his wife was trying to get out of the car helped by another person who was wearing a dark suit.
    In the background, there were more people; it seemed that they were shouting because they had heard several shots.
    It was one of the most famous murders of the history. Somebody had killed the president of the USA.

    Comment by Fermín 1st E | December 3, 2014

  23. In this picture, I can see one of the most important moments in the recently sportive history of Asturias.
    This picture was taken on the 15th of June of 2008 in “El Molinón” where Sporting plays its football matches as local team. Spotlight, I can see the goalkeeper of the team who was sitting on the top of the football goal. This day the stadium was very crowded and, as I see in the photo, everyone was very happy because after ten years in the second division, their team went up to the first division.
    I can remember this day because this day I was in the stadium and I think it was the happiest day in my life.
    Juan Diego_1ºE

    Comment by Juan Diego 1ºE | December 3, 2014

  24. When the photographer took this photo in Times Square in New York on the 14th of August in 1945 lots of people were in the street, they were shouting and laughing cause the Second World War had finished. The USA had won the war and Japan had lost it.
    In this moment, in the middle of the photo a soldier, who arrived after a long time far away from home, was kissing a woman who was a nurse. Contrary to what everybody think they weren’t a couple but the moment was very exciting.

    Comment by Sandra_1º F | December 4, 2014

  25. Well, That’s really surprising! I had no idea either.

    Comment by elenec | December 4, 2014

  26. I also remember that important moment. Spain would never be the same after that: it was the beginning of Spanish transition to democracy.

    Comment by elenec | December 4, 2014

  27. He has always been a great champion, and he’s now fighting to win the most difficult race in his life. We all hope he wins again.

    Comment by elenec | December 4, 2014

  28. ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,’ said Amstrong afterwards.

    Comment by elenec | December 4, 2014

  29. This photo was taken in 1990, on 11th of February
    In the photo we can see a lot of black people , in the middle and the foreground there are a black couple , they are walking hand in hand while ,and they have their other arm raised showing their clenched fist .
    It was a simple gesture of a hard fight that lasted more than 27 years. All faces were shining with happiness.
    Mandela spent 27 years of his life in jailed, from 1963 to 1990, for his fight against the apartheid, which was a system of racial segregation that was legalized in 1948. This system denied any right to black people, the majority of the population in South Africa, in favour of a minority of 21%, the white people
    This 11th of February was an amazing day for the South-Africans, and for millions of people in the World than were celebrating this moment because the South-African government was recognizing the liberty and human rights of the millions of black people that were living here.
    For me, this photo of Mandela and his wife Winnie represents the triumph of ” the obstinate sense of justice of Madiba”

    Comment by PILAR 1ºE | December 14, 2014

  30. This picture tells the story of the first man on the Moon. This happened on the 16th of July in 1969, when Apollo 11, launched from Florida USA’S flag got to the moon.
    On the 20th of July, it reaches the surface of the moon and two days later, two astronauts, Armstrong and Aldrin, manage to walk on the surface of the moon and they place USA’S flag on the moon. This fact is considered one of the most important in the history of humanity and technology.


    Comment by Laura 1º E | December 14, 2014

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